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Breast cancer

10 December 2010

Oestrogen can reduce breast cancer risk

Studies have shown that endrogenous oestrogen can significantly reduce the chances of getting breast cancer in women.

While endogenous oestrogen (i.e., oestrogen produced by ovaries and by other tissues) does have a well-known carcinogenic impact, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) utilising oestrogen alone (the exogenous oestrogen) provides a protective effect in reducing breast cancer risk, according to a study.

The Women’s Health Initiative

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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