Getting the facts straight on HRT and cancer
Professor Henry Burger was interviewed last week for an article on The Conversation news website, regarding a series of articles published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health.
The articles suggest that the authors of the 2003 Million Women Study in the UK were wrong to claim they had proved that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes cancer.
“It’s important to be clear that we’re not disputing the possibility of a link between hormone therapy and breast cancer. What we’re disputing is the use of the Million Women Study data to prove that link,” says Professor Burger.
Professor Burger agrees that there may be a modest increase in breast cancer risk for some hormone therapy users, but he stresses it is important menopausal women get clear and accurate information about the risks and benefits of this therapy.
We also agree that management of menopausal symptoms should be individual - Find the right mix of lifestyle changes, emotional support and (if necessary) medical treatment for you.
To help you get that right, it's important to develop a positive relationship with a trusted health professional... and if you're not happy with one, get a second opinion!
In the meantime, here's some information to get you started: www.managingmenopause.org.au/management
- James, Communication Officer at Jean Hailes