Does the estrogen that my physician prescribes increase my chance for breast cancer?

Yes. Studies have shown that prolonged use of estrogen replacement, especially when in combination with progesterone, may increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as 25%. This risk seems to diminish considerably 5-10 years after discontinuing the drug(s).
Depends. It depends on the type of estrogen you are being prescribed and the reason. It also depends on your personal risk factors for breast cancer (family history, etc) birth control pills do not increase one's risk. Hormone replacement for menopause can increase the risk if taken longer than 5 years.

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I'm 58 & had breast cancer 2x. Drs won't prescribe any type of estrogen because of this. Sponteniety shot due to vaginal dryness. What else can I do?

Vitamin E oil. Rub it in you vagina regularly and it helps so much with vaginal dryness . Read more...
Vaginal lubricant. Such as KY jelly and vaginal moisturizer such as replens may do the trick. God bless you! http://m.Breastcancer.Org/treatment/side_effects/vaginal_dry. Read more...

Petrified been taking prometrium 200 mg daily due to estrogen dominance does this bioidentical hormone increase my chances of breast cancer?

Very complex issue. The decision to take hormone therapy is quite complex & should be handled on a one on one basis. The doctor should evaluate each patients individual risk of breast cancer. Treatment should be at the lowest dose that alleviates the menopausal symptoms. There's a very small increase relative risk in breast cancer diagnosis. In symptomatic low risk women the benefit may outweigh the risk. Read more...

Is it true that estrogen increases the risk of breast cancer?

HRT-yes. The use of hormone replacement therapy (hrt) for menopause has been shown to increase the risk for breast cancer when used longer than 5 years. Oral contraceptives do not have any relation nor increase in risk of breast cancer. Read more...
Yes to a degree. Estrogens are normal to have in the female body. But some women can develop breast cancer particularly due to hormone replacement therapy in older years. Most breast cancers are promoted due to Estrogens especailly taking them as suplemnts for more than 5 years. Read more...

Estrogen increases the risk of endometrial cancer, but does it increase the risk of breast cancer as well?

Yes. Studies have shown an increase risk of breast cancer in patients treated with estrogen replacement. In fact, women at high risk for getting breast cancer are treated with tamoxifen or evista (raloxifene). Those drugs block the effect of estrogen on breast tissue. Read more...
Probably. The studies show mixed results, but most agree that long-term estrogen replacement may increase bc risk. My advice: short term ert (<3 years) is generally safe unless you have a bad family history or personal history of abnormal breast biopsies. I would take ert beyond 3-4 years only if you are truly miserable without it. After a few years most women can taper their ert. Read more...
Estrogen. That is a highly controversial topic with data going both ways. It is easier to say the combination of estrogen and Progesterone (together) in a postmenopausal women increases the risk of breast cancer. Read more...

Can POCS causes both high androgen and estrogen levels if not overweight? Can eating pyhytoestrogens increase breast cancer in women with POCS?

PCOS. PCOS can increase androgens in patients regardless of their weight. The effects on Estrogen are less clear as these levels fluctuate and typically would not be tested in PCOS. The LH and FSH levels are checked but not Estrogen. The effects of Phytoestrogens such as soy on the risk of breast cancer are debatable. There is not specific recommendation for PCOS patients to avoid them. Read more...

Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?

Individual. Yes, estrogen alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer over time. And yes the whi showed that the combination of a certain synthetic estrogen and a certain synthetic progestin increased the risk of breast cancer. But most specialists do not use those older types of synthetic hormones and with newer medications the risks are lower and different. So a balance can be achieved. Read more...