The HRT & Breast Cancer Debate

The news this week that HRT can TRIPLE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER should NOT come as a surprise, unless you forgot, or were unaware of, the Million Women Studyin 2003, which concluded that use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and that HRT-related breast cancer is more likely to be fatal.  The study also noted that the effect, or risk, was higher on combined HRT than oestrogen-only.  These results swiftly followed the Women’s Health Initiative Studies (Risks and Benefits of Oestrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Menopausal Women, 2002) that also concluded increased risks of breast cancer.

Cancer Graphic

Now, let’s pour a little more fuel on the fire.  Another study published in 2002 was ‘Are some progestins genotoxic liver carcinogens?’ and it reviewed synthetic progesterone (in other words progestins that do not include natural progesterone or human progesterone), which are classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  The study concluded that these progestins could raise the risk of liver cancer and, interestingly, it noted that it was known that oestrogen’s are carcinogenic because they can increase the risk of endometrial cancer and possibly breast cancer, which is not readily acknowledged in this new study.

HRT is a choice medication, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK may have down-graded the risks to the point of saying it was okay for women to have HRT, but hormones are powerful chemicals and in order for a pharmaceutical company to get a patent on a hormone product it has to have a different chemical structure than its natural cousin, which cannot be patented.

Speaking as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago (no history of extended Pill use or HRT as I was only 38) it’s not a disease that should be trivialised.  Do we get lulled into a false sense of security because it’s easy to think of it as a localised tumour that can be chopped out?  I don’t know if that’s the case for some people, but what I do know is that cancer is a systemic disease of immune deficiency that also feeds on sugar much more actively than healthy cells.  Breast cancer is not all about oestrogen, even if it is oestrogen receptor positive.

If you would like to read more about cancer and how the propaganda machine works for pharmaceuticals check out an article I wrote for Positive Health in response to severe criticism about an article I worked on for the Daily Express – click here

In the meantime, balancing hormones before, during and after the menopause can do wonders for your health and wellbeing physically, mentally and emotionally.  You don’t have to knowingly increase your risks for cancer. This natural approach works quickly and effectively and will support you from a positive health perspective rather than taking drugs that offer you the opportunity to offset the risks against the proposed benefits they may bring, along with side effects.  My approach to cancer was to work more naturally, to support my body back to wellness.

Wishing you well,



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