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 launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at www.balance-app.com.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.