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Hormone therapy risks may vary by weight, other factors

(Reuters Health) For a woman contemplating taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the increase in breast cancer risk she faces may depend on her individual body type, race and ethnicity, according to new U.S. research.
In a large new study of women on HRT, slim and normal-weight women with dense breast tissue saw a nearly 50 percent increase in breast cancer risk, while women who were black or overweight with less-dense breast tissue showed no risk increase at all.
"With many medications, the effects aren't the same for everybody, either for prevention or treatment," Dr. Dezheng Huo of the University of Chicago, one of the new study's authors, told Reuters Health.
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