Menopause Charity Ambassador, Liz Earle, Hits Back at Misleading HRT & Breast Cancer Headlines

Published: 4th November 2020

Midlife wellness warrior, Liz Earle MBE, recently recorded a special episode of the Liz Earle Wellbeing Show with lead researcher, Dr Yana Vinogradova, with the aim of tackling recent inaccuracies in the press regarding HRT and breast cancer.

An ambassador for The Menopause Charity recently launched by Dr Louise Newson, Liz says she recorded this special edition of her podcast “because I was infuriated by the misleading headlines and reporting. The press release issued by the Nottingham researchers clearly stated their research showed that “for longer term HRT use the increased risks are lower than those reported in a recent meta-analysis, which combined the results of 24 varied studies.” Yet this was not the headline in some mainstream newspapers or radio shows. I also wanted to clarify the value of this study, as it was by mathematicians and not practicing medical experts in this field. There are many different types of HRT, the more modern kind being the very safe kind - which also confer many significant and lasting health benefits. It is infuriating that when talking about risk, some in the media continue to focus on a very small risk of breast cancer (no proven link to fatalities), but then ignore the massive reduction in risk from the true killers of older women, notably coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, suicide and dementia. I hope this podcast helps add some evidence-based balance on the issue of estrogen insufficiency,  which will affect all women at some point in their lives."

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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.