Risks of Endometrial Cancer Associated With Different Hormone Replacement Therapies in the E3N Cohort, 1992–2008

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We assessed whether different oral progestogens in hormone replacement therapy may differentially affect the risk of endometrial cancer, using data from the Etude Epidémiologique auprès de femmes de l'Education Nationale (E3N), a French cohort study (1992–2008). Hazard ratios and their confidence intervals were derived from Cox models. Among 65,630 postmenopausal women (mean follow-up: 10.8 years), 301 endometrial cancers occurred. Compared with never use, ever use of estrogen + micronized progesterone was associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.80, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.38, 2.34) that was significantly more marked with longer duration of use (for ≤5 years, HR = 1.39 (95% CI: 0.99, 1.97); for >5 years, HR = 2.66 (95% CI: 1.87, 3.77)). Although use of estrogen + dydrogesterone was not associated overall with endometrial cancer risk (HR = 1.05, 95% CI: 0.76, 1.45), there was a significantly increased risk with long-term use compared with never use (for >5 years, HR = 1.69, 95% CI: 1.06, 2.70). Users of preparations containing other progesterone derivatives or a norsteroid derivative were not at significantly increased risk (HR = 0.79 (95% CI: 0.60, 1.05) and HR = 1.30 (95% CI: 0.85, 1.99), respectively). In conclusion, micronized progesterone and, to a lesser extent, dydrogesterone at the doses used in France may not be sufficient to prevent estrogen-induced endometrial cancers.

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