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Health

Low-Dosage Oestrogen Can Cause Cancer

Published måndag 27 april 2009 kl 09.57

A new Swedish study shows that 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 .

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.

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