I'm 62 yrs old. My family has the cancer gene.
Four of my sisters had cancer and survived.
I have not had cancer. I do not take any type of
medication. I feel that I need to have some sort
of hormone replacement to help me in my day to day
health. I have yearly checks with my gynacologist,
and have a yearly mamograme.
I do feel that I'm slowing down both mentally and physicaly, and wondered if HRT would help me.
Please advise me.
Anne, are you saying your family is positive for the BRCA1 gene?
Have you been tested for the gene? If so, are you BRCA1 positive?
Four sisters have had cancer so you have a very strong family history. First thing you need to do is talk to your sisters about the specifics re: the type of cancer that they have/had, it will all be on the pathology report or you can get the info from their surgeon or oncologist.
First, the type of cancer:
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ; invasive or non-invasive?
Next, you need the specifics re: the type of cancerous cell.
Was their cancer estrogen-receptor positive? This means that in just the way a key fits a lock, there is a little receptor on the cancerous cell where the estrogen latches right on and fuels the growth of the cancer.
If you have an estrogen receptor positive cancer and you take HRT, you are fueling the fire so to speak.
Was the cancer progesterone receptor positive?
Was the cancer HER2/neu positive?
The HER2/neu gene is a gene that makes the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. The protein produced is HER2/neu antigen, which is involved in the growth of some cancer cells.
There is a lot of information that you need to obtain before you even discuss HRT with your gyne and to be perfectly honest, no competent gyne would EVER prescribe HRT without knowing all of this information.
Good Luck. Be informed, aware, and knowledgeable. Knowledge is power and it can save your life.