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10 Years of HRT- Am I At Risk for Breast Cancer?

MammogramTechnological advances and relentless research have enabled us to finally start taking power away from the word cancer.

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer is evidence of the shift. She explained that “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of “. 25 years ago, breast cancer was NOT something that we could control. The National Cancer Institute has been a pioneer in changing that.

Dr. Rowan Chlebowski a medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center conducted an eye opening study that was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. I came across it in the article  More Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk in MedlinePlus.

Breast CancerAfter 11 years of research, breast cancer has been linked to combined hormone therapy. Dr. Chlebowski’s team followed nearly 42,000 post menopausal women for more than 11 years. 16,000 of the 42,000 women chose combined hormone therapy (estrogen and progestin); The other 26,000 post-menopausal women did not. At the end of the follow-up period, more than 2,200 of the women in the users group were found to have breast cancer. Compared to non-users, those who took combined therapy were more likely to have breast cancer.

Even of greater concern, while reading the article, was that women starting within months of entering menopause had a much greater risk of breast cancer than those starting 10 years later (after menopause). Dr. Chlebowski stated that women who are first entering menopause still have circulating levels of estrogen in their body and adding to the mix the addition of HRT can make them exceed the threshold which can become hazardous.

HRTDr. Joanne Mortimer, director of Women’s Cancer Programs at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center agreed with Dr. Chlebowski and states that even though some reports that HRT has some good effects on the heart, the risk is too great and suggests that women speak with their doctors about the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy. It seems that timing is everything when it comes to a women’s health, and that starting too soon can be a risky business.

This is of concern to me because I entered menopause and almost immediately relinquished my body to a full regiment of HRT; spending 10 years of taking pills to eliminate my mood swings, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.

But 25 years later, we have come a long way baby! Back when I started taking hormones they did not have the data they have today. There are natural alternatives to help calm ones mood swings, ease ones hot flashes and of course eliminate vaginal dryness.

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I am proud to be part of the “taking control” movement. Like Angelina Jolie, it was obvious to me what I needed to do….find a natural way to eliminate the debilitating symptom of vaginal dryness. I sought out alternative medicine expert, Dr. Leo Galland. He shared my vision and immediately began researching the  ingredients and uncovered the combination that would become Vaginal Renewal Complex, that helped me and so many other women bring our bodies back to their pre-menstrual condition.

My little secret: We are now including, into our complex, Vitamin C which is not only a wonderful anti-oxidant but helps the body heal damaged tissue.

Author: Olga Cohen

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