Low-Dosage Oestrogen Can Cause Cancer
A new Swedish study shows elderly women taking low-dosage oestrogen run the same risk for uterine cancer as those using the high-dosage hormone - coming as a surprise for many in the medical world.
The study of 40,000 women was carried out by the University of Lund in southern Sweden - and concludes that women using either form of the hormone have twice as much of a chance of getting this form of cancer.
1,300 women get uterine cancer in this Nordic nation each year –the fourth most common kind of cancer for women.
Swedish doctors are now recommending a more restrictive use of the low-dosage form - which can be purchased at the pharmacies without prescription and is thought to be in wide use.