BMS/RCOG response to the findings that the effect of combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer is likely to have been underestimated by a number of previous studies.
Breast Cancer Now study finds the effect of combined HRT on breast cancer risk is likely to have been underestimated
The effect of combined HRT in increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer is likely to have been underestimated by a number of previous studies, according to a new prospective study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
The findings of a new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the BMS were revealed at our annual conference today and have generated significant interest in the press.
Findings presented at our annual conference today show only half of women surveyed in Great Britain (who are currently experiencing or who have experienced menopausal symptoms within the past ten years) consult a healthcare professional for any of their menopause symptoms.
While the recently published NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of the menopause stated that HRT does not increase the risk of heart disease when started in women aged under 60, it did not recommend the use of HRT to prevent heart disease since the evidence was not conclusive enough.
A study from Finland reported an increase in mortality rate from cardiac death or stroke compared both to the baseline population and to women who continued taking HRT.
A 15 year follow up study from Finland has confirmed previous knowledge that that women who stop HRT experience loss of bone mineral density and increased risk of wrist fracture.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the first female Chief Medical Officer, has called on bosses to create a culture where women feel comfortable discussing the menopause in the workplace.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has recently published a Recovering Well series of patient information designed to support women to get back on their feet after different types of gynaecological surgery.
Today sees the launch of the NICE Guideline on the diagnosis and management of the menopause. It will play an important role in raising awareness of all menopausal symptoms and in encouraging women to consider lifestyle changes to improve later health.