Debunking links between menopausal hormone therapy and cancer

Women are enduring the crippling effects of menopause ­unnec­essarily because of fear and ignor­ance of the benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, the Australasian Menopause Society says.

The experts blame a flawed study by the US Women’s Health Initiative study, published in 2002, for setting off a mostly unfounded scare about the link between MHT and breast cancer. The media story spread like wildfire and pharmaceutical companies stopped distributing MHT and GPs stopped prescribing it.

Clinical associate professor Sheila O’Neill chaired this month’s 21st AMS congress in Sydney that set out to explore the ­research around menopause, ­debunk the myths and present GPs with the latest in evidence-based treatments. Read more… 

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