Studies show that women who use hormone replacement therapy, also called HRT, after menopause have a lower risk for colorectal cancer. The studies also suggest, though, that other risks may be higher in women who use HRT. These include the risk for heart disease, blood clots, and breast and lung cancer. That means the risks of HRT may outweigh the benefits. Healthcare providers don’t normally recommend HRT as a way to reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. Before starting HRT, discuss all the risks with your healthcare provider. Then you can decide if it’s right for you.