MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS LINKED WITH LOWER RISK OF BREAST CANCER

Women who experience hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause may have a 50% lower risk of developing the most common forms of breast cancer than postmenopausal women who have never had such symptoms, according to a recent study.

“In particular we found that women who experienced more intense hot flushes — the kind that woke them up at night — had a particularly low risk of breast cancer,” notes senior author Christopher I. Li, MD, PhD.

“Since menopausal symptoms occur as hormone levels fluctuate and drop, we hypothesized that women who experienced symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats – particularly frequent and severe symptoms — might have a lower risk of breast cancer due to decreased estrogen levels,” Dr. Li explains.

Source:
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention – February 2011;Epub.

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