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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.

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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.

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Prof. Henry Burger on The Conversation 

Jean Hailes experts comment on re-analysis of papers that link HRT with breast cancer

Original comment on the Million Women Study by Jean Hailes

James Shirvill (28.05.2013 (09:26:47))
Thank you for your comment, Jane. You're quite right, not all women have grey hair when they reach menopause, so as you can see we've replaced the image above.

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:

- James, Communication Officer at Jean Hailes
Jane (23.05.2013 (15:14:38))
Why do you show all these grey haired grandmothers in all your information about menopause?? We are not elderly but 50ish with kids still at home, good figures, serious careers, and we are NOT grey haired old ladies! Yet we still suffer horribly with menopause! The lack of knowledge amongst medical staff is inexcusable! It is nothing short of a disgrace. And these 'one size fits all' HRT medications are unacceptable. I use my own mix of HRT to continue with a reasonable life. Shame on the medical profession and sites like this!

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