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The menopause, HRT and Breast Cancer.
Over the past decade, there has been a lot of media coverage and bad publicity regarding the use of HRT in women going through the menopause who may want to use Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but are worried about risks such as breast cancer. So lets get the facts straight!
Women wishing to start HRT should carefully discuss the benefits and risks of treatment with their doctor to see what is right for them, taking into account their age, medical history, risk factors and personal preferences.
For the majority of women who use HRT for the short-term treatment of symptoms of the menopause, the benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the risks.The lowest effective HRT dose should be taken, with duration of use depending on the clinical reasons for use.
HRT remains licensed for osteoporosis prevention and can be considered the treatment of choice for women starting treatment below age 60 years, and especially for those with a premature menopause.
Women on HRT should be re-assessed by their doctor at least annually. For some women, long- term use of HRT may be necessary for continued symptom relief and quality of life.
Below are some Information fact sheets endorsed by Mr Linforth from the British Menopause Society and Womens Health Concern. They can be downloaded and printed for your own use and may help you make an informed choice in managing you health during the menopause.