Hormone replacement therapy: Weighing the risks and benefits

photo File photo Debate continues over the value of hormone replacement therapy to treat women's symptoms of menopause. A 2002 study indicated the treatment was dangerous, but some doctors and researchers now say it has a place in women's health.

BY THE NUMBERSBetween 2001 and 2008:60 percent: Drop in total spent on HRT drugs.$3.3 billion: Drop in dollar amount spent on HRT drugs.70 percent: Drop in total number of HRT prescriptions.80.4 million: Drop in actual number of prescriptions.12.1 million: Drop in number of women receiving HRT drugs.Source: Agency for Healthcare Quality and ResearchHRT for menHRT is not exclusively for women. Men can benefit from it, as well, says Dr.