Female Childhood Cancer Survivors Risk Early Menopause
Posted Oct 01 2008 8:19pm
A new report finds that women who survived cancer during childhood are at risk of premature menopause. Experts said the early menopause risk exists because some cancer treatments can immediately harm girls' reproductive development. But with most childhood cancer patients now surviving, researchers said, a bigger question is whether girls whose ovaries seemed healthy at first actually have lingering damage that will trigger menopause before age 40.