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Estrogen Aid May Raise Cancer Risk

December 04, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Some women who take the estrogen supplement Estrace to reduce the symptoms of menopause may triple blood levels of the female hormone estradiole--and perhaps raise their risk of breast cancer--by consuming moderate amounts of alcohol, a small study suggests. The research published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. said that in women taking Estrace, one or two alcoholic drinks significantly raised blood levels of estradiole for about five hours. For women who drink more than occasionally, physicians said, that could increase the odds of getting breast cancer.

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