PR campaign underplays HRT cancer risks, critics say

Campaign funded by treatment manufacturer could mislead women before official menopause guidance is released, some scientists fear A PR campaign to promote the use of hormone replacement therapy in women is under way before official guidance on how to treat the menopause is released, causing some scientists concern that the cancer dangers of the drugs will be underplayed.The campaign, run by the Weber Shandwick agency and funded by a drug manufacturer that provides the treatment, has already put out a survey saying women are unnecessarily worried about the risks of HRT. It is preparing a further release about the attitudes of GPs to prescribing the drugs. Continue reading...
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Authors: Jacobson M, Bernardini M, Sobel ML, Kim RH, McCuaig J, Allen L Abstract OBJECTIVE: This Committee Opinion outlines the gynaecologic management recommendations for women diagnosed with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) with respect to screening, contraception, chemoprophylaxis, fertility considerations, risk-reducing surgery, and post-oophorectomy care. INTENDED USERS: This Committee Opinion is designed for gynaecologic oncologists, general gynaecologists, family physicians, genetic counsellors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, and health care providers. TARGET P...
Source: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada : JOGC - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Obstet Gynaecol Can Source Type: research
Conclusions: Although our results must be cautiously interpreted given small numbers within subgroups, they raise concern and emphasize the need for further evaluation on breast cancer risk of the increasingly common exposure to both oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy.
Source: Menopause - Category: OBGYN Tags: Commemorative Papers Source Type: research
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the U.S., affecting almost 85 of every 100,000 Americans, according to recent data from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Around the globe, 627,000 people are projected to die from breast cancer this year alone. The silver lining is that with early detection and proper care, breast cancer is among the most treatable forms of the disease. In the U.S., breast cancer deaths dropped by 40% between 1989 and 2015, thanks to better screening and access to care — but a large body of research suggests that widespread adoption...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Source Type: news
Our panel this morning discussed the issues surrounding how the WHI results were interpreted and communicated to women and their health care providers. We recognize that hormones are not appropriate for all women, and look forward to hosting a future panel that highlights alternatives. The speakers have a variety of backgrounds and experiences (and genders), and we aim to promote diversity of voices. This was not normal breakfast conversation. Today was a jolting – and disruptive – talk about what happens to women’s bodies when they age. (Who knew that if you’re menopausal and you don’t take y...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Ever since a report by a U.S. study claimed in 2002 that it carried a significant risk of breast cancer and heart disease, most menopausal women remain scared of taking it.
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ConclusionsAsian HRT users had a higher risk of breast cancer than western HRT users. Both ET and EPT were significantly associated with the risk of all breast cancer histological types and ER-positive breast cancer.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionBreast density is an independent and significant risk factor for development of contralateral breast cancer. This risk factor should contribute to clinical decision making.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Currently, there is insufficient high-quality evidence to inform women considering HRT after treatment for endometrial cancer. The available evidence (both the single RCT and non-randomised evidence) does not suggest significant harm, if HRT is used after surgical treatment for early-stage endometrial cancer. There is no information available regarding use of HRT in higher-stage endometrial cancer (FIGO stage II and above). The use of HRT after endometrial cancer treatment should be individualised, taking account of the woman's symptoms and preferences, and the uncertainty of evidence for and against HRT use. ...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
BackgroundDuring menopause women experience vasomotor and psychosexual symptoms that cannot entirely be alleviated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Besides, HRT is contraindicated after breast cancer. ObjectivesTo review the evidence on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in natural or treatment‐induced menopausal women. Search strategyMedline/Pubmed, PsycINFO, EMBASE and AMED were searched until June 2017. Selection criteriaRandomised controlled trials (RCTs) concerning natural or treatment‐induced menopause, investigating mindfulness or (cognitive‐)...
Source: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: During menopause women experience vasomotor and psychosexual symptoms that cannot entirely be alleviated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Besides, HRT is contraindicated after breast cancer. OBJECTIVES: To review the evidence on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in natural or treatment-induced menopausal women. SEARCH STRATEGY: Medline/Pubmed, PsycINFO, EMBASE and AMED were searched until June 2017. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) concerning natural or treatment-induced menopause, invest...
Source: BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: BJOG Source Type: research
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