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Date:3/4/2008

nd venous thromboembolism and lower risks of fracture and colorectal cancer.

About the Follow-Up Study

After stopping intervention, WHI followed the trial participants using the same study protocol of semi-annual monitoring to identify and classify study outcomes, in order to evaluate the effects of stopping hormone therapy.

Post intervention information for the period July 8, 2002 to March 31, 2005 was available on 95% of the women. The JAMA article reports on health outcomes at three years after the intervention was stopped (mean of 2.4 years of follow-up).

In the three years after stopping hormone therapy women who previously used estrogen plus progestin no longer had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and blood clots) compared with women on placebo.

The lower risk of colorectal cancer and fractures seen during the trial in women who previously used estrogen plus progestin disappeared after stopping the combined hormone therapy.

But the risk of all cancers combined in women who previously used estrogen plus progestin increased after stopping the intervention compared to those previously on placebo. This was due to increases in a variety of cancers, including lung cancer.

After stopping the hormone therapy, mortality from all causes was somewhat higher in women who previously used estrogen plus progestin compared with those taking a placebo.


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