Experts in talks over HRT safety
MEDICAL experts were meeting in the Capital today to reach agreement about the use and safety of hormone replacement therapy.
Concern over the treatment, which is used by women during the menopause, has been raised after HRT was linked to breast cancer, heart disease and strokes.
To provide guidance and clarity for health workers and patients, the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh has called a "consensus conference" on HRT.
At the end of the two-day conference, which is taking place today and tomorrow, a "consensus statement" containing an agreement on five key aspects of HRT will be produced and distributed to medical staff throughout the UK.
It will also be handed to the Department of Health and the Scottish Executive to inform future health policy on the use of HRT.
HRT involves the use of female hormones for the relief of symptoms caused when the ovaries stop functioning either at the time of the menopause or after a hysterectomy.
Professor David Purdie, chairman of the organising committee of the event, said: "The reporting of some recent studies on HRT has, understandably, caused much confusion and concern.
Through this conference we are confident that we will be able to provide much-needed clarity and guidance for doctors and patients alike."
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