University of Missouri study has discovered that hormone therapies not only increase the chances of breast cancer in women who are postmenopausal, they also add risk for the chance of cancer spreading to other parts of the body.
When women take hormone therapies which frequently consist of estrogen and progestin to substitute hormone loss from inactive ovaries after menopause. Progestin is a hormone administered to compensate the possible negative effects of estrogen therapy on the uterus.
Studies have revealed estrogen and progestin therapies heighten the risk of breast cancer in post;menopausal women. The study had shown that progestins can in fact heighten the chance of cancer spreading to lymph nodes or metastasizing.
The study discovered that progestins boost the amount of blood vessels that are liable for moving existing cancer cells. This was stated by Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in tumor angiogenesis and professor bio medical sciences in the college of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.
The greater blood vessels increase the larger the risk of cancer cell spreading. Progestins could possibly become further harmful to women who have functionally unnatural p53 a protein that poses as a tumor suppressor. When p53 is not present progestins expand the release of protein from the tumor cells that lets development of new blood vessels in the tumors.
Researchers analyzed the outcome of different classes of frequently used progestins on breast cancer tumors in an animal model. Researchers observed all types of progestins tested responded the same and heighten the risk of metastasis.
Results also indicated estrogen and progestins responded the same either taken together or separate.
Professor Hyder did state that even though the study was independent of the ovaries being in tact or not, there is no clarity if progestins have the same reaction in pre menapousal women.
If there is a history of breast cancer in the family it is advised not to take progestins. However, this is up to each physician on the individual patient.
There are several alternative therapies available for menopause:
Acupuncture applied to certain points on the hands and feet stimulates the ovaries, uterus, adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands to balance hormone production and decrease hot flashes.
The needles also release pain relieving endorphins, the natural pain killers found in the spinal cord, pituitary gland and brain by the body.
Aromatherapy can help calm nerves, ease muscle and joint pain along with heavy periods. Helps balance the hormones and many other systematic relief.
Chiropractic medicine will restore the bodies healing ability and balance by diminishing pressure on the spinal nerve roots that control the flow of energy to the body. It also helps relieve discomfort, tension, stress and back pain.
Other alternative therapies to seek out include Ayurveda, Bach Flower Remedies, Nutritional therapies.
Here are a few alternative practitioners in the St. Louis Area:
Natural Health Center
11927 Olive Boulevard
Integrative Health Services
Big Idea Clinic of Chiropractic
8057 Watson Road
Illusions Color Spa
4579 Chestnut Park Plaza
Eileen Hutcheson, M.ED.
Certified flower essence therapy practitioner
705 E. Madison
St. Louis, MO 63122