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Study Shows Women Who Experience Hot Flashes May Have as High as a 50% Reduced Chance of Developing Breast Cancer

Posted Jan 28 2011 3:52pm

Well for once I feel lucky if this is true. Those bothersome irritating sessions of hot flushes are contributing to something good!  Nobody likes to talk about this subject but for women it’s just a part of life and perhaps these flashes are burning up any potential cancer cells <grin>. 

Bring on the Hot flashes and I guess next time I should give it warm welcome!  Not too long ago I did an interview with Heidi Houston, the executive producer of a documentary about Hot Flashes and screened the movie myself and I recommend it as you will learn a lot from watching with a lot of history going back to the Women’s Health Initiative and how we have progressed.  As Heidi state the movie is good information for anyone who is a woman or who knows one, and that about encompasses all of us.  The movie has a great sound track too. 

Here’s the trailer below so you can see the format and there’s a bit humor in there as well to keep things light and again I recommend it for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to screen as a great source of education.  BD

THURSDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for women ever bothered by hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms: Your risk for breast cancer may be reduced as much as 50 percent, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle report.

"We know that hormones are important to breast cancer risk, and we also know that menopausal symptoms occur primarily because of changes in hormones that women experience as they go through menopause," said lead author and breast cancer epidemiologist Dr. Christopher I. Li.

The researchers found that women who had the most hot flashes had a very low risk of developing breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women.

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