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Severe Hot Flushes Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

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Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center conducted a study to prove that women who experience hot flashes and the other menopausal symptoms have lower chances of developing breast cancer than women who do not experience such symptoms.

According to Christopher Li., M.D, Ph. D., and an epidemiologist (breast cancer) at the Hutchinson Center’s Public Health Sciences Division, went on to say that this lower risk increases with the frequency and severity of the menopausal symptoms. When the hot flushes are severe, the kind that wakes you up at night, the risk of breast cancer decreases significantly.

The link between the symptoms of menopause and breast cancer was under scrutiny because of the hormonal activity. Hormones like progesterone and estrogen play a vital role in developing breast cancer. Decrease in the level of the hormones gives rise to the menopausal symptoms. Women who have frequent and severe hot flashes have decreased levels of estrogen, therefore, the risk of breast cancer is low in them.

The study was conducted on 1,437 postmenopausal women from the Seattle area. 988 women were diagnosed with breast cancer while 449 were not. These women were interviewed about the symptoms of menopause like hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats etc. The above mentioned observations were made in the survey. This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

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