Menopause Hormone therapy could increase your risk of breast cancer

Menopause Hormone therapy could increase your risk of breast cancer

Every woman goes through menopause. Some with less, others with more complaints. Hormone therapy promises a remedy. But this could increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Menopausal symptoms are often uncomfortable. To help women suffering from menopausal symptoms, hormone replacement therapy, or HRT for short, has been the established medical standard for many years and is prescribed by their doctors for many patients.

HRT supplies the female organism with all hormones that the body no longer produces or breaks down more quickly after a certain age. Scientists at Oxford University have now investigated the risks that such hormone treatment can have against menopausal symptoms.

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It is estimated that around eight million women between the ages of 45 and 60 are currently going through menopause across Germany. During this period, your body radically changes its hormonal balance. The hormones estrogen and progesterone, in particular, decrease sharply. Associated with this are physical and psychological symptoms and complaints that are individually different in severity. The symptoms range from hot flashes and palpitations or bladder weakness to headaches, sweats, insomnia and dizziness to loss of libido, mood swings and depression.

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Hormone replacement therapy promises help

In order to alleviate menopausal symptoms, it makes sense to supply the body with hormones that it no longer has in sufficient doses. The problem here is that the dose of the hormones required varies from person to person. It has also long been suspected that symptom relief with an increased risk of developing breast cancer is paid for at a high price.

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Oxford study examines link between HRT and breast cancer

Of course, attempts have long been made to substantiate this suspicion. The fact that hormone therapy can cause cancer has already been the subject of many studies of various research projects.

As reported by “”, however, it is new that researchers from Oxford University have summarized a total of 58 of the available studies on the subject. The scientists from Oxford were able to fall back on a broad database and thus come to frightening results.

Women between 50 and 69 years of age who have had hormone therapy for five or more years have a 32% higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who have not taken hormones. In women who have been using HRT for ten years or more, the risk factor for breast cancer actually doubles. Converted to the absolute numbers, this means that out of 100 women who have been using HRT for more than five years, eight will develop breast cancer. In comparison, out of 100 women who do not take hormone replacement therapy, “only” 6 women develop breast cancer.

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Hormone therapy carries a risk, but …

The study by the researchers from Oxford came to the conclusion that HRT could be responsible for around one in 20 breast cancers. Converted to the size of the British population, this would correspond to around 3,000 cancer cases per year that are due to hormone replacement therapy. It seems that women who take hormones over a long period of time are particularly at risk.

But the study also says one thing very clearly: there is no need to panic. The study result can also not be regarded as confirmed beyond any doubt. The researchers found strong evidence that HRT and breast cancer correlate. But whether HRT is the cause for this cannot yet be conclusively answered. It is quite possible that other factors also play a role in the complex interplay between causes and effects that have not yet been taken into account.

This contrasts with the effectiveness and benefits of HRT. There can be no doubt about their therapeutic sense for women suffering from menopausal symptoms. It is important that the therapy is carefully and individually coordinated between the doctor and patient. In the vast majority of cases, hormone replacement therapy can also be discontinued after three to a maximum of five years – i.e. before the cancer risk has demonstrably increased significantly.

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