Long Term Follow-up to WHI Study Proves Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Published: 31st July 2020

A new, important study has just been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world.

This study has shown that women who have had a hysterectomy and take oestrogen only HRT for more than 20 years had a LOWER risk of developing breast cancer and a LOWER risk of dying from breast cancer compared to women not taking HRT. Dr Louise Newson says that after a hysterectomy, the majority of women should take HRT as there are numerous long-term health benefits that come with replacing oestrogen, including a lower risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and dementia. Lowering future risk of breast cancer is another advantage.

The new study also shows that there is a small increased risk of developing breast cancer in women who take oestrogen with a synthetic progestogen - but there is no increased risk of death from breast cancer. However, the risk is lower (if at all) for women who take oestrogen with micronised progesterone.

Speaking about the study, Dr Newson said; "I really hope the media and the MHRA read and report on this study. Women deserve to be told the truth about HRT."

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Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.

Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.