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Hormone replacement therapy boosts a woman's chances of contracting breast cancer, according to a study of its long-term risks published Sunday.

It showed that the risk of developing breast cancer is 2.3 times higher among women who receive the treatment, which replaces estrogen and is aimed at reducing the risk of dementia, brittle bones and heart disease.

The overall risk of breast cancer is 35 percent higher if women take hormone replacement therapy, on average for 11 years, according to drafts of the report published by the Sunday Times.

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