HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part III

by Magnolia on July 2, 2014

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This is the final post in Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s series on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.   

If you wish to contact Dr. Mazzei or any of his colleagues in the Body Logic medical group, please see his byline at the end of the post. 

As always, the views expressed in this post are not necessarily the views held by The Perimenopause Blog and are for informational purposes only. Please see your physician or healthcare provider for personal medical evaluations. 

A Healthy Immune System 

Our immune system also plays a big role in cancer prevention.  We all produce abnormal cancer cells from time to time.  When our immune system is working as it should, the cells are destroyed before they become a problem.  In women for which I prescribe hormone therapy, I work with them to optimize and strengthen their immune system function.

This includes optimizing Vitamin D levels, reducing general inflammation in the body, and promoting healthy gut function, along with healthy nutrition.  Each of these topics can be an independent discussion regarding how they relate to breast cancer risk reduction.  When each of these aspects of health are addressed, cancer risk is reduced and any danger of estrogen is minimized.

Estrogen Research and Study Remains Fluid

Unfortunately, there is no single research study which gives a definitive answer regarding estrogen replacement therapy.  However, it is important to know that breast cancer risk is not just about estrogen.  There are many factors which influence your risk.

Like most things in medicine, there is still much we do not know and many more studies which need to be conducted.  However, estrogen therapy can be administered safely under the care of a physician who has studied the available research and addresses what I have shared with you.

If you simply take estrogen, without considering your internal environment, you may be increasing your risk of breast cancer.  If you do nothing, you may also be at risk for breast cancer, whether you take estrogen or not.

However, if you find a doctor who understands the complexity of estrogen therapy, it can be administered safely without increasing your risk for cancer.

Dr. Joseph Mazzei is a Chicago based doctor for BodyLogicMD and specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy. He graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University and is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM). 

He is an Advanced Fellow in the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Fellowship, and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and the American Osteopathic Association. (AOA). His Chicago office is located at 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 546-6490  and his Northbrook office is located at 5 Revere Drive, Suite 238 Northbrook, IL 60062 (312) 546-6490

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Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part II

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Today’s post is a continuation of  Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s post on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.  The views expressed in this post are not necessarily the views held by The Perimenopause Blog and are for informational purposes only. Please see your physician or healthcare provider for personal medical evaluations.  Let us continue our conversation from [...]

June 29, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part I

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Today’s post is a guest post by Dr. Joseph Mazzei, a Chicago based doctor for BodyLogicMD, a medical group which sponsors The Perimenopause Blog. I asked Dr. Mazzei if he could give his opinion on estrogen therapy since it is starting to make its way back into the news once again.  In this post, Dr. Mazzei [...]

June 24, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

What are the Risks & Side Effects of Prometrium?

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Prior to my taking Prometrium, an FDA approved, bioidentical, oral progesterone, I used bioidentical progesterone in a cream form, which I purchased from compounding pharmacies. I was careful to only purchase the highest grade and quality I could find (read: expensive), and used it happily for several years with no negative side-effects. Last year, on the [...]

August 24, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Great Job Cutting Through the Noise!

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He said in response to my recent post at Healthline.com….”If Menopause is a Natural Process, Why Use Hormones?” “He” is Dr. Steven Rabin, M.D., a Burbank, California gynecologist – and I did appreciate the support and enthusiastic thumbs-up for my article. It’s always good when members of the medical community offer kudos. I just don’t [...]

June 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

The Hormone Decision

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I purchased a new book recently, The Hormone Decision, by Tara Parker-Pope.  Tara is a nationally recognized women’s health writer for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She was also a contributor in the movie “Hot Flash Havoc: a movie of menopausal proportions” which I viewed recently, and blogged about here. [...]

May 31, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Hot Flash Havoc: A New Film on Menopause

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There is a new movie out which is making the rounds on the Internet. It is called “Hot Flash Havoc: a film of menopausal proportions.”    One of the co-creators of the film contacted me several weeks ago, and asked me if I would view the film, and consider becoming an affiliate to help promote [...]

May 28, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Estrogen Replacement Therapy: Yes or No?

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Let’s face it.  The average women does not understand the role of estrogen during perimenopause.  But, when the average OB/GYN doesn’t seem to understand it very well either, is it any surprise then that women looking for help for their symptoms of perimenopause are clueless? It also doesn’t help that there is a big, wide [...]

April 3, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Are Compounding Pharmacies Safe?

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Thanks to the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States, which is now responsible for 25 deaths across the country, compounding pharmacies are now in the cross-hairs of federal regulators, and questions are being raised about their safety. The New England Compounding Center, (NECC), located in Massachusetts, shipped thousands of vials of a [...]

October 29, 2012 CONTINUE READING →

The Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone in Perimenopause

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Today’s post is a sponsored post by Dr. Wade Huey, a Houston based physician for Body LogicMD.  Dr. Huey specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  Please find his bio at the end of the post. Perimenopause is the difficult time when hormones start to decline, but they are not quite low enough for a woman [...]

August 20, 2012 CONTINUE READING →

Testosterone Pellet Therapy

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I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago entitled Bioidentical Testosterone Therapy.  Regular readers and subscribers have read it by now, I’m sure. I shared my experience at Dr. Rebecca Glaser’s office where I received testosterone pellet implants to help with my perimenopause symptoms. Because I have suffered with horrible muscle and joint pain [...]

September 2, 2011 CONTINUE READING →