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.. A group of local health professionals Tuesday - disea,se and osteOp�roslS_ TI:le downsIde has been
; night tried ' to cut thrpugh at least . some of ' the • . that It may alSo mcrease rIsk for breast cancer,
:confusion Caused earlier this year when part of a , altho�gh of �e tyI>e��ost successfully treated.. major stuCly on hormone replaceinent therapy ",. Theq, he saId,_ .i¥�ng . CarrIe �he massIVe ,
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for post-inenopaUsal women seemed to be doipg Wo�en s Health ImtiatlVe study, WhIch 'b!�w the
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"There's a lot of confuSion and a ton of media_ . An: arm of 'the study looke� at combination ,
, hYPe . thafhormone- replacement , therap� will , estr�gens/progestin reI?l�ceinent �erapy .; leag, you down t,he pat,ht� ,���uctl.0PJ:'Jeature�.. ,. , �qwred for w�men y,'ho.spIl have thel! uteruses
c spe1lker: Dr. PaUli Miller l5qld. )'Doct6rsl' have :,.:.z;- and . found' mcreased ruk of cardiovascular
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Women's Voice for' Health, a local women's ing a storm of publicity and causing women to
health advocacY group, and Partners for Healthy worry about their therapy, but some aspects of
Community put together the prograrrI of local the study were misunderstood or'overlooked, Dr.
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- and a handful of their husbands - about the
There's no reason to avoid hormone therapy
therapy at the Anderson County Library: The for significant menopausal symptoms for short­
prograrrI, called "Hormone Replacement term relief, especially if the therapy begins
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Therapy: What Does it Mean for MeT' was spon- before the age of 50, he said ,
sored by Solvay Pharmaceuticals,
Being overweight, having a poor diet or hyperThe "recent HRT study" was the Women's tension and not getting enough exercise are more
Health Initiative, one of several studies in the significant risk factors for heart disease, cancer
last two decades designed to understand the risks and osteoporosis, said farrIily practice resident
and benefits of various approaches to replace Dr. Erin Cooksey, a panelis�
natural hormones lost to menopause or hysterecSoy foods, although probably not soy milk, and
toOOes.
black cohosh have been shown to reduce
Dr. Miller, a reproductive endocrinologist at menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vagi­
the Greenville Hospital System's Center for nal dryness and night sweats in some women,
Women's Health, said the thrust of previous stud- although not as effectively as estrogens, said Dr.
ies has been that hormone replacement therapy Mandy Herring, another panelist.
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