New clinical guidelines say misconceptions have surrounded hormone therapy

Eggertson, Laura
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/4/2009 Doctor's Health Matters, p504
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the new clinical guidelines released by Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada that reverse the misconceptions toward hormone therapy brought by the study of Women's Health Initiative. It reveals that the study links hormones to the increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Professor of obstetrics/gynaecology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland Dr. Robert Reid asserts that the misconception was because the subjects of the study are women ranging from 60-70 years of age. It says that the new guidelines assert the significance of changing lifestyle risks in reducing cardiovascular and cancer risks. It also reveals that the study directed doctors not to advise the use of hormone therapy to their patient.


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