|LOWER BREAST CANCER BY DECREASING HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY|
You may have seen or heard about the decrease in breast cancer incidence among postmenopausal women from 2002-2004. Often these kinds of statistics are used to promote how great we are doing in the 'WAR ON CANCER'. The inference being that the options of cut/poison/burn (surgery/chemotherapy/radiation) combined with mammograms has had a positive impact on this disease. As I've written about before, that's simply not the case in this instance.
Evidence indicates that much of the breast cancer decline can be attributed to changes in HRT use, since the largest drop was experienced by women older than 50, the population that most often uses the therapy. Rowan Chlebowski of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said, "We can't prove" that the decline in breast cancer incidence is because of a decline in HRT use, "but it is such a substantial reduction that you would need something big to have occurred to explain it. If it is not hormone replacement therapy, we still need to explain it" (Los Angeles Times, 4/19/07). Marcia Stefanick of Stanford University said, "These data add to the message that we really should be discouraging women from initiating menopausal hormones. We need to stop underplaying those risks. They are very real" (Washington Post, 4/19/07).
Even with this further exposure of the risks of HRT many will recommend its use for menopausal symptoms. However, homeopathy, nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle changes can effectively address the same symptoms, without the risk of breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Why accept the risk of HRT before trying safe, traditional methods?
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