Women's Health

Estrogen and Cancer Risk - 1 Year Later

This last couple of weeks have presented me with an interesting (and unusual) experience. After 20 years in practice -- validation from medical research! And, not just on one issue -- but, on multiple issues. Usually, I feel like a lone voice, crying out in the wilderness! So, pardon me if I crow a little. Also, I'd like to share these important issues with you.

The first issue: Estrogen and cancer risk. It's been almost a year since the initial announcement that estrogen therapy increases a woman's risk of cancer. This is true even of bioidentical hormones, which many doctors have turned to as an alternative to Premarin®.

A new analysis of federal cancer statistics, presented Thursday, December 13, 2006 at a scientific conference called the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, revealed a 7.2% drop in breast cancer over the last year as women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy.

This most recent announcement came as no surprise to me. I remember in the late 1980s and early 1990s doing presentations on the risk of estrogen therapy. At one event at Whole Foods Market, an audience member challenged me by asking, "Don't you have any more recent data?" I explained to her that human physiology hasn't changed in 10,000 years. So, the age of the data was not a factor. Now, we have hard evidence that estrogen is extremely carcinogenic.

Unfortunately, the medical profession has no alternatives to offer menopausal women. I have studied this subject in depth and have a variety of herbal alternatives. These herbs are not estrogenic. More importantly, as a woman I appreciate the fact that herbal medicine treats each of us as individuals. And, what works for one woman may not work for another. So, at the RFHC, we customize a program for your individual metabolism.

If you have an interest in a non-hormonal approach to menopausal relief -- including insomnia, hot flashes and vaginal dryness -- you can schedule a consultation at the office.

Does this apply to you? If so, see our information on Consultations.