When a huge study warned that hormone pills lead to a higher risk of breast cancer, millions of women stopped taking them. And on Thursday, there's a sign they might have made the right decision.
Experts say a year after that report, America's breast cancer rates dropped more than seven percent. They're pointing to a new analysis of federal cancer statistics for 2003. The findings are being presented at a breast cancer conference in Texas.
Hormone replacement drugs were commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of menopause. But drug company Wyatt, which made two of those drugs, faces more than four-thousand lawsuits over them.
The firm won the first one in September. A mistrial was declared a month later in another case, while another woman settled out of court.
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