Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vaginal Estrogen Not Linked to Cancer

Oral or topical synthetic estrogen is commonly used to treat symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.  Estrogen in this form has been linked to endometrial cancer.  A new report from Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California shows if the estrogen is given in lower doses vaginally, there is no increased risk for cancer.  I would suggest that adding some natural progesterone and using bio-identical hormones are even safer.  This is good news for women who continue to suffer from such symptoms.

See Family Practice News, June 15, 2015, p. 23.


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