Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can
Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia
The latest data from Women's Health Initiative (WHI) shows that estrogen
alone used for 7 years or less in women with hysterectomy does not
increase the risk (or perhaps the detection) of breast cancer in
general. A non-significant trend towards fewer cases was noted.
Obviously if this were the only finding it would be good news but it's
lot more confusing than that. Nevertheless, Wyeth, the maker of Premarin,
and a few of its designated, well paid mouthpieces are at it again,
saying estrogen is protective.
They've got Hugh Taylor from Yale and Wolf Utian of the North American
Menopause Society (a veteran HRT proponent) touting these results with
great enthusiasm. Highly irresponsible, for several reasons!! - The
"reduced risk" was not significant and the cancers of the women on
estrogen were larger and involved lymph nodes. Plus the women on
estrogen required additional testing or biopsies, and there appeared to
be an INCREASED RISK of breast cancer for those women with risk factors.