Yourwellness Magazine Explores the Safety of HRT

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After a woman died from cervical cancer because she was misdiagnosed with menopause, Yourwellness Magazine explored whether HRT is safe for menopausal women.

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A mother of three has died from cervical cancer after her GP spent a year telling her she was going through the menopause, the Express reported September 18th. The article “Mother with cervical cancer told it was ‘menopause’,” noted that Cheryl Humpage, 55, first went to her GP in February 2008, complaining of nausea, bleeding and a fever, and so was treated for menopause for a year before a scan showed cervical and ovary tumours. Despite chemotherapy Mrs Humpage died in June 2010, and now the family has reached a five-figure settlement with the GP practice. (http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/430221/Mother-with-cervical-cancer-told-it-was-menopause)

This caused Yourwellness Magazine to take a closer look at menopause, and whether or not hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is safe for menopausal women. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘Ever since 2002 and the announcement that hormone-replacement therapy is too dangerous to use as a treatment for the symptoms of menopause by the Women’s Health Initiative, the treatment has been controversial at best and ignored at worst. Recently a coalition of medical groups in the USA has made statement that the treatment is not only safe, it could be incredibly beneficial to those ladies who really suffer from hot flashes and the other symptoms of menopause.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/12/hormone-therapy-is-safe-for-menopausal-ladies/#sthash.7Jj8WQtj.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that the reluctance of patients and physicians to use HRT has led to all sorts of strange and often unproven treatments being put into effect, most of which had very little benefit and several draw backs. Yourwellness Magazine commented that as uncomfortable as the menopause can be; it’s much more comfortable than cancer or heart disease and so many preferred the symptoms of menopause to the potential side effects of HRT. However, Yourwellness Magazine noted that now that the treatment’s been validated by the coalition, it should come back into common use. Yourwellness Magazine advised readers to talk to their GP about this treatment, but those with higher chance of blood clots or cancer may still need to avoid HRT.

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