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More hot flushes, less risk of cancer
Source: New Straits Times, January 19, 2011
   
 

London (UK)  -  Findings from a study undertaken by researchers from the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, both in Seattle, suggested that women whose lives are blighted by hot flushes during menopause could have significant protection against breast cancer later in life.  The results show, the worse the hot flushes are, the lower a woman’s risk of developing the most common form of cancer.  It suggests the same hormone deficiency that causes severe menopausal symptoms also lowers the chances of developing a tumour.

The researchers, whose work was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, recruited some 1,000 cancer-free women and compared them with a similar-sized group, aged 55 to 74, who had breast cancer. In their findings report, the researchers said, a plausible explanation is that menopausal symptoms are a marker for hormonal changes relevant to the development of breast cancer.


   
     
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