Breast Cancer Rates Fall in the U.S.

Well this is certainly good news:

Rates of the most common form of breast cancer dropped a stunning 15 percent from August 2002 to December 2003, researchers reported yesterday.

They proposed a reason for the drop that was just as stunning: It probably occurred, they said, because at that time, millions of women abandoned hormone treatment for the symptoms of menopause after a large national study concluded that the hormones slightly increased breast cancer risk.

The data analysis, led by researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center and presented at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio, was based on a recent report by the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer incidence.

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