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Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy: An Evolving Relationship
When it comes to breast cancer risk, not all hormone therapies are created equal. While some may continue to increase the risk of cancer years after a patient stops taking the medications, others can decrease the odds of getting the disease.
Rx Lowered Risk of Early Menopause After Chemotherapy
Researchers are constantly looking for ways to ease the lasting side effects of chemotherapy, and they may have found help for younger breast cancer patients.
The Genetics of Menopause
Women who have mutations in the BRCA genes are at higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Research has suggested that women with these altered genes may also have problems conceiving children and that they go through menopause earlier than women without the defective genes.
HRT-Related Breast Cancer Risks Vary
In the late 1990s, medicines that helped women with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, were widely prescribed. That changed in 2003 after a large study found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increased breast cancer risks.
Pendulum of Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer
You’ve no doubt heard that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used for menopause symptoms increases breast cancer risks. More recent studies have found that maybe HRT is okay. Now the pendulum has swung back.
Does HRT Cause Breast Cancer or Not?
Women used to rely on hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) to calm the discomforts of menopause. Then a study linked HRT to breast cancer, and everything changed.
Getting a Grip on Hormones While Fighting Cancer
It happens at some point to every woman: the hot flashes and night sweats signaling a major change in life. For cancer patients, these symptoms can be side effects of the treatment regimen.
Older Women Up Cancer Ante by Smoking
The younger a smoker is that decides to quit, obviously the better for their health. Women in their golden years can receive immediate benefits from quitting.
Still Cinderella With HRT
Women with a form of genetic breast cancer risk are often urged to have their ovaries removed after childbearing to prevent cancer occurence. This unfortunately causes early menopause, and it was believed that taking hormone replacement therapy to alleviate symptoms was dangerous.
Why Pregnancy Protects Against Breast Cancer
Motherhood may be one of the greatest blessings for many women. First, a woman receives the precious gift of a child. Then, she also is protected from breast cancer throughout her life.