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Medical News & Perspectives
July 26, 2000

Hormone Confusion Creates "Credibility Gap"

JAMA. 2000;284(4):424-428. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.423a

Hilton Head, SC—The proliferation of conflicting studies of effects of hormone replacement coupled with gloom-and-doom headlines about cancer risk are giving physicians and their female patients a hormonal headache—and then some.

Millions of women from the Baby Boom era are facing the confusing question of whether to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Their physicians are facing the equally perplexing task of taking existing data based on tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of women and applying it to each individual patient.

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