To hear that breast cancer rates have recently seen to have been declining would be frankly unbelievable for many of us; who see women near and dear to us being diagnosed with the killer disease.
According to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health, breast cancer rates have been declining by about 2% per year since the year 1999. So what is responsible for this?
Well we are informed that this decrease may be linked to the decrease in use of menopause treatment or Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women. According to a study conducted by Harvard researchers on 350,000 women with breast cancer it was found that this was the reason for the decline. The HRT treatment that uses progesterone and estrogen was seen to increase women’s risk of developing breast cancer and heart disease.
Another reason why this decline is seen to be connected with reducing HRT treatments is the fact that this decline is seen among the demographic of Caucasian women over the age of 50 from affluent back grounds. In other words, the same women who would be most likely to get hormone treatment done after menopause showed decline in breast cancer rates.