Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently discovered in a study that those menopausal symptoms women have to endure may actually be a good thing for their health. These symptoms may just provide a lower risk for developing the most common types of breast cancer and the more severe of symptoms the lower the risk rate. This has been the first study ever conducted to investigate the association between menopausal symptoms and breast cancer.
The study which is printed in the February edition of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention is available on line.
Lead researchers Dr. Christopher Li, at Hutchinson in the Public Health Sciences Division and breast cancer epidemiologist and associates had determined that in comparison to women who do not have hot flashes, those that do experience them have a fifty percent lower risk in developing the two most common forms of breast cancer, invasive ductal and invasive lobular carcinoma.
Dr. Li had stated it was found especially in women that experienced more intense hot flashes such as those that wake them up had and especially lower risk of breast cancer.
Researchers had discovered a forty to sixty percent decrease in the risk of the two most common forms of cancer who had menopausal symptoms and the decreased risk rate did not alter any when taking into account factors such as obesity and the use of HRT therapy.
Researchers conceive there may be an association due to estrogen, one of the hormones along with progesterone which is liable for the awful symptoms that come through as ovulation drops that also have a part in most breast cancers.
Past studies have discovered that women who experience symptoms during menopause have lower estrogen levels in comparison to women who have no symptoms. However, no past studies had examined the association between menopausal symptoms and breast cancer.
Dr. Li states if this evidence is confirmed by other studies, then science has the possibility to improve the understanding of the causes of breast cancer and improve methods for prevention.
Dr. Li remarks there is a silver lining for those awful menopausal symptoms in women that have a negative impact on a woman’s quality of life.
If you wish to relieve menopausal symptoms there are some alternative treatments that may help.
Chinese medicine treats each individual symptom of menopause. The World Health Organization approves acupuncture treatments to decrease symptoms of menopause.
Bach flower remedies may provide relief for menopausal symptoms such as Argimony blend which aides in providing calmness for fears and anxiety which are two of the symptoms due to menopause.
Menopausal symptoms can also bring on intense back pain and total discomfort. Chiropractic hands on care can aide in alleviating these symptoms. Chiropractic treatments are based on each individual person and what your symptoms are. Other treatments such as herbal advice, heat and TENS units along with prescribed exercises can be employed.
Chiropractic care has been known to relieve a variety of menopausal symptoms which include back pain, headaches, migraines, stress, tension and neck problems.
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