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Big drop in breast cancer

This is the best healthcare news I've heard in a while: Reversing Trend, Big Drop Is Seen in Breast Cancer (link is to the New York Times, but this news is everywhere). From the article:


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


    The reason, they believe, may be because during 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.



For a great discussion of this issue, and some quibbling with the numbers used by the New York Times, visit Dr. Charles.

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