A member asked:

How safe is brevail, a supplement for breast health. i am 56 years old, going through menopause, am cancer free now but had a lumpectomy 3 years ago.?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Denise Reeves answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Probably: The active ingredient in brevail should not cause harm. Remember, no studies in humans have demonstrated any benefit in preventing breast cancer, and you should discuss this with your doctor.

Answered 12/26/2017


Dr. Janet Greenhut answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Unknown: Brevail is a dietary supplement that contains lignans, which are estrogen-like compounds found in plants. Most studies of lignans in post-menopausal women have been too short to determine if they're safe fo women who have had breast cancer. Some studies show that they help reduce the severity of hot flashes, but other studies show no effect. Talk to your doctor about other alternatives to hormones.

Answered 2/7/2012



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