Breasts : An Owner’s Guide by Philippa Kaye
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Hormonal Contraception & HRT Risks: Dr. Philippa Kaye Explains Latest Research
Hi and welcome to the Honors Channel! I’m Claire Johnston, a journalist with a keen interest in anti-aging and healthy aging. Today, I want to discuss hormonal health, specifically how estrogen and progesterone levels affect various aspects of our well-being such as reproductive health, bone density, cholesterol, blood pressure, mood, and sleep. When these hormone levels drop during menopause, unwanted symptoms like anxiety, low mood, changes in skin, joint stiffness, and difficulty sleeping can arise. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often used to address these symptoms, but it is also associated with a small increased risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer. Recently, a study has raised concerns about progesterone-only contraception, including intrauterine devices (IUDs), as they too seem to carry an increased risk of breast cancer. This begs the question – what does this mean for those using hormonal contraception or progesterone-only IUDs? Moreover, what does this mean for women considering HRT? To shed light on this research, I have invited Dr. Philippa Kaye, a TV doctor and general practitioner, to share her insights.
Introducing Dr. Philippa Kaye
Dr. Philippa Kaye is not only a TV doctor but also an author with a focus on women’s health. She has written books on various topics, including the menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, and her personal experience with bowel cancer. Dr. Kaye’s dedication to health education is evident in her work. Today, she will provide us with valuable context regarding the recent research on hormonal health and breast cancer. She will also share advice on reducing the risk of common cancers. Let’s hear from Dr. Philippa Kaye herself.
Understanding the Study on Hormonal Contraception and Breast Cancer
Dr. Kaye helps us dissect the findings of the study that explored the link between breast cancer and hormonal contraception. Previous research had already established a small increased risk of breast cancer for women using combined hormonal contraceptive pills containing both estrogen and progesterone. However, the impact of progesterone-only contraception, such as IUDs, was less certain. The recent study analyzed data from thousands of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and found that various forms of hormonal contraception, including progesterone-only options, were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
While the headlines may sound alarming, it is important to delve deeper into the numbers. The study suggests that the increased risk amounts to an extra 265 cases per 100,000 women if the contraception is used for five years by women in their thirties. For women aged 16 to 20, the increased risk is around eight extra cases per 100,000 women. These numbers may seem relatively low, especially when we consider other risk factors for breast cancer, such as obesity and alcohol consumption.
Dr. Kaye emphasizes that this research is just a piece of the puzzle. It does not factor in individual circumstances, such as family history or other risk factors for breast cancer. Therefore, it is crucial to approach these findings with caution and consult with a healthcare professional to weigh the risks and benefits of specific contraceptive methods. While the increased risk is worth noting, it must be balanced against the potential risks associated with unwanted pregnancies and the impact of not using contraception at all.
Considering Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Dr. Kaye also addresses concerns about HRT, a common treatment for menopausal symptoms. Many women weigh the risks and benefits of HRT, as some studies have suggested a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. However, Dr. Kaye clarifies that HRT is not a panacea for aging. Current guidelines do not recommend HRT solely for disease prevention. The benefits and risks of HRT vary for each individual, and the decision to use it should be made with careful consideration of personal circumstances.
Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the risks associated with HRT. For instance, using transdermal estrogen delivery systems (gels, patches, sprays) instead of oral HRT can reduce the risk of blood clots. Additionally, combining estrogen with progesterone in the right proportions can help maintain the health of the uterine lining and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. The most modern form of progesterone, called micronized progesterone or uterogestine, does not seem to increase the risk of breast cancer during the first five years of use.
Dr. Kaye emphasizes that the risks and benefits of HRT need to be evaluated individually. Research is ongoing, and new findings may shape future guidelines. It is important to open a dialogue with a healthcare professional to understand personal risk factors and make an informed decision about HRT.
Lifestyle Factors to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Besides hormonal considerations, Dr. Kaye highlights the role of lifestyle factors in lowering the risk of breast cancer and improving overall health. Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are strongly advised. Regular exercise, including resistance training, can help maintain muscle mass and bone density while reducing the risk of breast cancer and disease recurrence. A Mediterranean-style diet, which focuses on diverse plant-based foods, unsaturated fats, and lean proteins, is recommended.
Dr. Kaye also mentions the potential benefits of consuming phytoestrogens, plant-based compounds that may mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. However, she notes that the association between phytoestrogens and menopausal symptoms is still being studied, and more research is needed to determine the ideal dosage and duration of consumption. Additionally, certain foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods, can exacerbate menopausal symptoms and should be moderated.
Ultimately, every woman’s risk profile and hormonal health are unique. Balancing risk factors, lifestyle choices, and personal circumstances is key to making informed decisions about contraception, HRT, and general health practices. Dr. Kaye’s insightful perspective reminds us of the importance of empowering ourselves with knowledge and taking control of our bodies.
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