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The Estrogen Debate Continues
Ten years ago a major clinical study showed women who took a combination of estrogen and progesin had an increased risk of breast cancer. A new study is making some people wonder whether avoiding hormone replacement therapy has cost lives.

Hormone replacement therapy. Those three words sparked no small amount of controversy a decade ago, when the results of one of the largest clinical studies ever mounted showed women taking a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones had an increased risk for breast cancer

That study, known as the Women’s Health Initiative, convinced women across the country to opt out of taking estrogen.

Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health is raising concern that a lack of estrogen could be deadly. The article reviewed a 10-year history of “estrogen avoidance” in postmenopausal women. It concluded that a “minimum of 18,601 and as many as 96,610 may have died prematurely due to avoidance of estrogen therapy”.

Now hold on a second before you think about calling your doctor.

Dallas Dr. Jane Sadler explains there is a serious caveat with the new study: it refers only to women who do not have a uterus.

“For women who have undergone hysterectomy, this study is reassuring for limited use of estrogen.  Beyond age 60 the need for estrogen should be discussed with your doctor.”

Read her full article here.

And stay tuned for an in-depth look at the rise of testosterone replacement therapy in Texas. 

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.