Research has shown that taking HRT for five years or more may slightly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. It’s also thought that this increased risk lessens five years after you stop taking HRT. However, HRT can have health benefits including reducing the effects of menopause such as osteoporosis. The benefits and possible risks to you of taking HRT need to be weighed up. You may want to talk to your GP about this.
If you are aged 50 or over, you should attend your regular breast screening appointments whether or not you’re taking HRT. You don’t need to have mammograms any more often if you are taking HRT. However, HRT makes the breast tissue slightly denser and can make breast problems more difficult to see on mammograms. So, it’s important to be breast aware if you are taking HRT.