My gynecologist prescribed bioidentical HRT and said that I can stay on it "indefinitely" without increased risk of breast cancer. Do you agree?

Natural estrogen. I think there may some controversy as to the long-term safety of any estrogen. In theory your estrogen is more easily broken down (metabolized) by your liver and theoretically safer but long term studies comparing one form with another are not yet available to the best of my knowledge.
Safe but not zero . You can get breast cancer with or without bioidentical hormone treatment. If you do get it, being on any Estrogens could make it worse depending on the kind of breast cancer you get. So, i would still insist upon routine breast exams and mammograms to follow you. Bioidentical hrt can be extremely helpful and life changing in a good way, but everything has risks.
Bioidentical HRT. I do not agree with that at all. There are very few studies on bioidenticals because they are considered "supplements" and are therefore not regulated by the fda. That should be a bad sign in and of itself. The studies performed by the naturalist industry are all industry sponsored, not published in major peer reviewed journals and frequently without adequate controls. Do your research 1st!

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35 years, childless, hypothyroidism, 50 mcg Thyronorm daily. Read long term use of thyroid HRT can increase risk of breast cancer. Is this true?

No. this medication is a synthetic Thyroid hormone which you need to survive. The levels should be monitored and adjusted by a doctor. It should not increase your Breast cancer risk. The replacement hormones people use for hot flushes (estrogen/progesterone) during and after menopause do cause increased risk. . Read more...

I am 48 menopaused and suffering from symptoms. Am I at high risk if I take HRT knowing that I have 2 aunts diagnosed with breast cancer (at old age)?

Yes and No. Long term hrt does increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However the risk goes up by a small degree and that too only after prolonged use(5 or more years). Short term hrt is commonly used in those who have severe menopausal symptoms which may be debilitating. Go seek advice from your gynecologist. Read more...
Indeed you. Are at higher risk if you use hrt. You should discuss benefits, risks, alternatives with your gynecologist. Not all breast cancers are stimulated by estrogens, but not all hot flashes are worth the increased risk. Read more...

Had hyster at 32, ovaries removed. On estradiol 1 mg daily for HRT. Told its needed and safe. No breast cancer risk for estrogen only!? Is this true?

No breast Ca risk. Question is raised as to rationale of total hysterectomy at 32. Hormone therapy is indicated but has no relationship to the induction of breast Cancer. There latter is induced in most patients by viral transformation thru the Wnt gene and not ingestion of hormones. Fire is not caused by spilling gasoline on paper. The paper must be on fire and Ca must be present in breast for stimulation. Read more...

Is there a generally recommended age for a post menopausal woman, with no family history of breast cancer, to stop hrt?

Depends on symptoms. There is no recommended age. The american colllege of ob-gyn recommends using HRT as short of a time as needed to control symptoms. This will be different for every woman. A recent study came out showing that the average length if time from menopause onset to the end of hot flushes is about 10 years, but again there is much variance between people. Read more...
Yes. The current recommendations are to stop hormone replacement therapy in 5 years, depending on symptoms and circumstances. Read more...

Does taking hrt's after hysterectomy always increases your chances for breast cancer and how long do u have be on them before that happens.

Not always but often. Hrt does increase the chances of breast cancer . No current consensus among medical community on who can safely take hrt and for how long with those chances that are inconsiderable comparing with benefits of hrt. If however you have a family history of breast cancer, or had it before yourself, or you are white or hispanic with low bmi , taking hrt may be a bad idea. See medical oncologist to disc. Read more...

How strong is the link between HRT and breast cancer? Maternal grandma is bc survivor and was diagnosis after being on HRT for many years.

Strong. There is a direct link. We still use hrt and it is also related to the duration of use. Hope this helps. Here is a link to a synopsis of a study published in the lancet. http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/publications/27/breast-cancer-and-hormone-replacement-therapy-in-the-million-women-study/. Read more...
Strong! The current recommendation is to use hrt for less than 5 years. It has been proven to increase the risk for breast cancer with use beyond 5 years. The reality is the risk for developing breast cancer increases as we get older, even without hrt use. Read more...
Increased risk. Using combined hormone therapy after menopause increases the risk of getting breast cancer. It may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer. This increase in risk can be seen with as little as 2 years of use. Combined ht also increases the likelihood that the cancer may be found at a more advanced stage. Read more...

Considering going back on hrt. Is it safe if you have no history of breast cancer? Also am at risk for osteoporosis which I think HRT helps.

Check with you Dr. This is an important question as many women in your age group face this situation. Estrogen replacement or hrt will definitely benefit some women. There are risks and these should be discussed with your primary care doctor or gyn. Factors to consider is osteoporosis, breast cancer family history, genetics and current past medical history. Read more...

How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

Damiana, menopause. Damiana has been widely used, and is reportedly useful for a number of conditions, including imbalanced female hormones. Many women have reported reduction in night sweats and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. It is best taken as a tincture. Black Cohosh is another consideration, but use should be limited to short periods of time due to the potential for liver damage. Read more...