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Link Between Postmenopausal Hormones, Cancer Risk Strengthened

There are 33 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Link Between Postmenopausal Hormones, Cancer Risk Strengthened. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

A new study strengthens the link between hormone replacement therapy and a higher risk of heart attacks and breast cancer in women.

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Truth Detector

Portsmouth, VA

#1 Dec 15, 2008
Why not Admit that Horse Based Hormones are not really safe for people? I note that the data is on Hormones coming from an animal rather than plant based Bio-Identicals that Pharmaceutical Companies can not "patent" because they are identical to Human Horomones.
Tammany

Grand Blanc, MI

#2 Dec 15, 2008
Why is everyone ignoring the research done by Dr. John Lee on the negative effects of synethic hormones and the positive effects of natural (plant based) Progesterone?

Doctors are quick to dismiss the benefits of progesterone creams and often don't use it as a course of treatment. Is it because doctors stop learning when they leave med school and only learn information from the slanted studies provided by pharmacuetical reps who come to their office?

Charles Heath

Draper, UT

#3 Dec 15, 2008
The title of this article should be", The Unnatural Hormone Progestin Increased Cancer in Postmenopausal Women"

And the subtitle should be that using progesterone, naturally found it women, is not linked to cancer.
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#4 Dec 15, 2008
"And the subtitle should be that using progesterone, naturally found it women, is not linked to cancer."

You have a source for that claim we can verify, Charles?

See the thing is, for women with hormone positive cancer, eliminating naturally-occurring hormones saves lives. Please back up your claims.
Mary

Lenni, PA

#5 Dec 16, 2008
The problem is that doctors think that there is a pharmaceutical cure for everything, and patients want to believe it.
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#6 Dec 16, 2008
I agree with you, Mary. I just don't think it's smart to mess with mother nature to that extent.

I will restate some solutions that have worked for me again. First, if you can afford it, get a water bed. You can control the temperature of the water. Before menopause I kept my side warmer than my husband's. Once I hit menopause I had it cooler than his. it made a huge difference.

Cooling scarves work very, very well. Just don't believe that wetting them will be enough for hours. I soaked mine in ice water and kept spares in the fridge. But they really, really helped.

I'm so glad I did things like that now instead of HRT. And, by the way, on Reclast my osteopenia completely reversed in one year.
Camille

Lenni, PA

#7 Dec 16, 2008
Hasn't it ever occured to doctors that some things should not be "cured" and should just be left as is? If women have trouble with the natural changes to their bodies and hormones, they can try to "naturally" adapt with plant-based and home remedies. Medicine is not always the answer.
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#9 Dec 16, 2008
Camille, there's no difference between trying to alter your bodily functions with "drugs" or with "natural" substances. If it works, it's a drug. What's more, it's an untested drugs.

Several of these "natural" concoctions have been found to also raise the risk of breast cancer in women susceptiblt to horomone-receptive cancer.

We women really have to do our homework. Just because something is labeled "natural" doesn't mean it's safe, or safe for everyone. They would be a terrible idea for me.
Janet

West Linn, OR

#10 Dec 16, 2008
Charles Heath wrote:
The title of this article should be", The Unnatural Hormone Progestin Increased Cancer in Postmenopausal Women"
And the subtitle should be that using progesterone, naturally found it women, is not linked to cancer.
Bring on the progesterone, I say. It's the happy hormone, after all.
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#11 Dec 16, 2008
Happy until you develop breast cancer.
BettyB

Laramie, WY

#12 Dec 16, 2008
The percent drop in hormone usage over the years is amazing.
Buff

New York, NY

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Truth Detector wrote:
Why not Admit that Horse Based Hormones are not really safe for people?
Not to mention the ethical quandary of getting horses pregnant to mine their urine.
Chrissy

Woodhaven, NY

#14 Dec 16, 2008
Camille wrote:
Hasn't it ever occured to doctors that some things should not be "cured" and should just be left as is? If women have trouble with the natural changes to their bodies and hormones, they can try to "naturally" adapt with plant-based and home remedies. Medicine is not always the answer.
Camille, I have a friend who got cancer from taking natural herbal medicine, just so you know.
Talon

Lenni, PA

#15 Dec 17, 2008
Yoga. People should do yoga to solve their health problems.
babs

Lenni, PA

#16 Dec 17, 2008
i do yoga--and i have had no problems with menopause. but then again, i'm 24.
Penny

Lenni, PA

#17 Dec 17, 2008
Camille wrote:
Hasn't it ever occured to doctors that some things should not be "cured" and should just be left as is? If women have trouble with the natural changes to their bodies and hormones, they can try to "naturally" adapt with plant-based and home remedies. Medicine is not always the answer.

Camille, I have a friend who got cancer from taking natural herbal medicine, just so you know.

This is frightening! Do people know about the link between natural remedies and cancer?
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#18 Dec 17, 2008
Penny wrote:
Camille wrote:
Hasn't it ever occured to doctors that some things should not be "cured" and should just be left as is? If women have trouble with the natural changes to their bodies and hormones, they can try to "naturally" adapt with plant-based and home remedies. Medicine is not always the answer.
Camille, I have a friend who got cancer from taking natural herbal medicine, just so you know.
This is frightening! Do people know about the link between natural remedies and cancer?
Women who are at risk for breast cancer, or who have a history of hormone sensitive cancer, should definitely be talking to their doctors about it.

Not only, but the very intense hot flashes that can come with aromatase inhibitors are a sign that the AI's are actually working. So I just have to ... welcome ... the "menopause cubed" they bring, suck it up. In fact I'm even happy about them now.

This isn't true of standard chemotherapy. The side effects that sometimes come from chemo are not directly related to the effect they could be having on stray cancer cells. With AI's, that is what the side effects mean.

“What goes around comes around”

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#19 Dec 17, 2008
My name is SarahMoon and I survived menopause hormone free!

Seriously, I did. I went thru it at 39 without the assistance of any medications or herbal remedies...just like women have for thousands of years. And I'm fine. It doesn't last forever and I think that just the thought of it freaks people out more than the acutal experience.
Gail Perry

Spring Hill, FL

#20 Dec 17, 2008
SarahMoon wrote:
My name is SarahMoon and I survived menopause hormone free!
Seriously, I did. I went thru it at 39 without the assistance of any medications or herbal remedies...just like women have for thousands of years. And I'm fine. It doesn't last forever and I think that just the thought of it freaks people out more than the acutal experience.
I think you make good points, Sarah. I did the same thing, and let me tell you I really had some intense hot flashes!

I'm really glad I did, now, too, because let me tell you, if I had been hit with the effects of the AI's without that first experience I don't know if I could have kept taking it, and it could well be saving my life.

“What goes around comes around”

Since: Feb 08

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#21 Dec 17, 2008
Hot flashes, hell. It felt like I was a constant victim of spontaneous combustion!

At any rate, it's a natural process. A bit humbling, but natural none the less.

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