CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 16, 1978
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(Studio) Yale University researchers' challenge of studies linking cancer and women's use of estrogen reported Reaction to challenge from others in scientific community noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(New Haven, Connecticut) Details given about paper published by Doctors Ralph Horwitz and Alvan Feinstein given. Researchers' contention that problems in previous studies that linked cancer to estrogen use were wrong in methods stated. [HORWITZ - says finding of same results repeatedly doesn't mean results are correct if same errors are repeated also.] Is noted that Horwitz and Feinstein stand almost alone in their theory. Earlier tests showing linkage between cancer and estrogen use outlined. [Test leader Dr. Thomas MACK - says there is strong indication of link between estrogen and cancer, but whether or not people should stop taking estrogen is another issue.] [American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists executive director Dr. Warren PEARSE - describes conditions under which estrogen safe.] FDA's stated skepticism of new report given; agency's present consideration of 2 different possibilities re: estrogen, one to decrease and other to increase use, stated.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner
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