The latest on menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer

Prof Martha Hickey

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Prof Martha Hickey

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne

Prof Mark Jenkins

writer

Prof Mark Jenkins

Director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne

Menopause is a normal life stage for women at around 51 years. Most women don’t need treatment for their symptoms, but around 13% of Australian women aged 50-69 take menopausal hormone therapy (sometimes called “hormone replacement therapy”).

This medication contains hormones that are normally low or absent after menopause, and reduces symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, which can be troublesome and persistent for some women.

But growing evidence over recent years has pointed to an increased risk of breast cancer associated with menopausal hormone therapy. This has already led some women to stop or avoid the treatment.

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne

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Prof Mark Jenkins

Director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne

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