Second Prempro HRT Study Shows Link to Cancer Risks

[NOTE: Keep in mind that HRT — Hormone Replacement Therapy — uses the same artificial hormones that are used in chemical birth control methods.] Prempro is a “drug that relieves hot flashes but raises the risk of the two biggest cancer killers in women” according to Rowan Chlebowski, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. Prempro is a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin used by 15% to 20% of post-menopausal women in the USA. Chlebowski et al reported in JAMA (Oct 2010) that, compared with a placebo, Prempro increased women’s risk of breast cancer, that their cancers were more likely to have spread to their lymph nodes, and that they were more likely to die of breast cancer. These findings come from a government-sponsored study known as the Women’s Health Initiative. One part of the study randomly assigned 16,000 women, aged 50-79, to either Prempro or a placebo. That study was halted in July 2002 because long-term Prempro use was found to raise the risk of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke. Participants had been taking their pills for an average of 5.5 years. These findings join a growing list of studies questioning the safety of hormone therapy. Last year, the same researchers reported in The Lancet that, compared with a placebo, Prempro raises the number of lung cancer deaths, although it does not increase the number of lung cancer cases. In February 2009, Chlebowski et al reported that Prempro users had a marked decrease in breast cancer risk within two years of quitting treatment. In this second Prempro study just released, researchers followed about 13,000 women for an...

Chemical Pollution ‘Messing’ with Female Metabolic Processes: Commentary

[Comment: When will the pharmaceutical industry and their feminist sales force – left-wing women’s groups – stop messing with women’s bodies by pushing sales of steroidal hormones (used in menopausal therapy and oral contraceptives)? Drug companies are apparently searching for a way that women can continue using hormone replacement therapy, but there are health risks associated with the use of these drugs. Unpatentable products, on the other hand, do not have the same money-making potential as do patented products. Some natural products are alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. These non-estrogen products relieve menopausal symptoms and, unlike hormone replacement therapy, they aren’t associated with the risks of heart disease, stroke and breast and uterine cancers.    Karen Malec,  Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer]   ABORTION-BREAST CANCER NEWS HEADLINES “‘Safe Window’ Allegedly Found for Hormone Replacement Therapy” Four years ago, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a government-funded study, ended prematurely when researchers said they found that use of combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – synthetic estrogens and progestin – raises risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancers. The WHI’s 2002 findings were widely publicized and women rushed to their doctors to find some alternative to HRT for the relief of menopausal symptoms. Different cancer risks are associated with the use of combined HRT and oral contraceptives (OCs) versus estrogen-only HRT and OCs. Doctors generally prescribe estrogen-only HRT to women with hysterectomies, but not to women who still have their wombs. Researchers learned in the 1970s that estrogen-only OCs increase the risk of uterine cancer. Progestins (progesterone-like hormones) were added to estrogen-only HRT and OCs because they did not increase uterine cancer risk....