Persistent hot flushes lead to increased breast cancer risk

A new study finds a link between hot flushes and the risk of breast cancer.

Hot flushes linked to cancer risk

Studies examining the association between hot flushes, scientifically referred to as vasomotor symptoms, and breast cancer are not new, but the results have been inconsistent. However, a new larger-scale study concludes that women who had persistent hot flushes are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women who’ve never experienced the symptoms.

This latest study sought to identify an association between hot flushes and night sweats, and breast cancer. To do so, data was gathered from more than 25,000 women who participated in Women’s Health Initiative trials. The results were recently published in Menopause.

The study followed up all of the women in the study over a course of nearly 18 years and discovered 1399 incidences of breast cancer.

Researchers also found that women with persistent hot flushes (defined as symptoms that lasted 10 or more years) had a higher breast cancer incidence than women who never experienced those symptoms.

Although breast cancer-specific mortality was higher in women with persistent hot flushes, the difference was not statistically significant, which meant that the menopause symptoms did not influence breast cancer survival rates.

The possible link between hot flushes and breast cancer continues to be studied because of a common association with hormones.

Specifically, hormone therapy has proven to be the most effective treatment for hot flushes, whereas sex hormone levels are also related to post-menopause breast cancer risk.

“In this large group of women who were not users of hormone therapy, persistent hot flushes and night sweats for 10 or more years were associated with a slight but significant increase in breast cancer incidence,” explained Dr JoAnn Pinkerton.

“Other risk factors included an elevated body mass index of more than 30 and current alcohol use.

“More studies are needed in women who have persistent hot flushes to understand their cardiovascular and cancer risks.”

Do you still suffer from hot flushes and night sweats? Are you concerned about these findings?

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    Jennie
    8th Jan 2019
    12:01pm
    Do take HRT for hot flushes which cause increased breast cancer risk.
    Don't take HRT as it causes increased breast cancer risk.
    musicveg
    8th Jan 2019
    12:50pm
    Hot flushes are not caused by menopause, it is your liver playing up, it just coincides with that time. Detoxing your liver (slowly) will give you the best chance of preventing it. Drink lemon juice every morning, increase your fruit and veg intake, cut out alcohol, processed foods, cut out or cut down on salt, give up dairy, eggs and wheat. Taking any medication especially HRT will make the problem worse in the long run. I wonder if these studies are financed by big pharma, there is no mention of the diet (except alcohol intake) of the people studied.
    KB
    8th Jan 2019
    1:25pm
    Just another study. Started getting hot flushes.
    Kee
    8th Jan 2019
    6:32pm
    Musicveg where do you get your information from? I went through menopause as countless other women have and I can't believe we all have bad livers, I know mine is perfect!,
    musicveg
    8th Jan 2019
    6:48pm
    I read an amazing book by Anthony William called "Liver Rescue" he explains how the liver works and what you can do to heal yourself. Most people do not know how much work your liver does, it is overloaded everyday not just by bad diets but chemicals in the environment, cleaning products, etc. and comes out in various ways like skin problems etc. Testing of livers are very limited and would depend on the day or week unless you have a serious problem will not show up. There is a lot of other information about how you can reduce your symptoms by detoxing your liver, and you can help your liver by having a glass of water with lemon juice from half a lemon (or lime when lemons are out of season) in the morning and waiting 15-30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Women should not be suffering from menopause.
    Jennie
    8th Jan 2019
    10:42pm
    musicveg, I think you are an advertiser.
    musicveg
    8th Jan 2019
    10:48pm
    No Jennie, I have no business interests, I am genuinely trying to help people to be healthy. I am passionate about spreading information about getting healthy because I do not like to hear of the unnecessary and preventative suffering. I always tell people about this book because it has helped me so much, and you can always borrow from the library.
    Golden Oldie
    9th Jan 2019
    4:54pm
    Another scare campaign? The last one about a decade ago scared women into stopping HRT because of the supposed cancer risk. Coming off HRT suddenly also had bad effects. Now not taking HRT is bad and is a cancer risk. Sounds a bit like the continual information on good and bad foods. Saturated fats are bad, solified vegetable oil to replace butter may or may not have trans fats which are even worse, Eggs are bad, but now eggs are good again, it never stops.
    musicveg
    9th Jan 2019
    5:12pm
    The reason is, every time a report is saying to give up something their is another report to say not to because it is protecting the sales of that product. The truth is in what you believe, but I have done a lot of research and it usually points into the same direction, more veg and fruit, less of everything else. Also use natural products, and minimize your exposure to man-made chemicals. The one thing about animal proteins including eggs that sticks in my mind is in a petri dish cancer cells will grow if you feed it animal protein but not grow if you feed it vegetable protein. Most people consume too much protein and processed foods too.


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