Will I Still Get My Period if I Choose HRT?

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For women who have not had hysterectomies, combining progestin with estrogen is necessary to eliminate the risk of endometrial cancer. But one of the consequences of taking estrogen in combination with progestin is that it can cause women to resume or continue monthly menstrual bleeding. While women have options in choosing HRT that can reduce menstrual bleeding, some form of monthly bleeding or spotting will accompany HRT in many women.

The most common HRT regimen includes low-dose progestin for between 12 and 14 days a month. Nearly 90 percent of women who take this regimen begin bleeding as soon as the progestin is stopped. Monthly bleeding occurs for many years after HRT is started, but as time passes, the bleeding often lessens and eventually stops.

Because many women are reluctant to continue having “periods” after menopause, doctors are now prescribing an HRT program that includes progestin every day. In this program, between 30 and 50 percent of women have irregular spotting for the first six months of therapy.

Spotting can also be a sign of uterine tissue problems or cancer, so if you are spotting, your health care provider may recommend an endometrial biopsy to rule out other problems.

If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy but are concerned about continuing to have monthly menstrual bleeding, talk to your health care provider about your options.

Progress against Colon Cancer. Part 1

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Q.Why is colon cancer so frequently fatal? Have doctors made any recent progress in treatments and cures?

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How Is Cervical Cancer Diagnosed, Part 2

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Abnormal smears are divided into three categories:

Atypical squamous or glandular cells of undetermined significance, or ASCUS/AGUS, which are mildly abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix.
Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, or LGSIL, which include human papilloma virus changes and mild dysplasia.
High-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, or HGSIL, which include moderate dysplasia, severe dysplasia and carcinoma in situ.
These terms have markedly increased the number of Pap tests reported as “abnormal.” Most often with ASCUS/AGUS and LGSIL findings, the doctor will repeat the Pap test in three to six months, since many of these cases will revert to normal. However, if the repeat results are still abnormal, the woman should be advised to undergo colposcopy. (more…)

Multiple Vitamins

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In a Harvard Medical School sponsored study that was published in the October 1, 1998 edition of the prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded that the long term use of multiple vitamins reduced colon cancer risk by 75%! The risk was reduced by 20% after 5 years and 75% after 15 years of taking multiple vitamins.1 (more…)

Can Asbestos Cause Colon Cancer

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Q.Can asbestos exposure be linked to colon cancer? My husband was a firefighter and was exposed to asbestos insulation at a fire years ago. He recently died of colon cancer. (more…)

New Type of Gene Therapy May Help Shrink Cancer Tumors

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MALDEN- A preliminary study using a new gene therapy technique may prove to be a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer tumors.

Scientists at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston report that nine men with advanced lung cancer were given treatment with a special gene already present in the body. This gene, called p53, has been described as a kind of “guardian” gene. When healthy, it can suppress the growth of tumors and help destroy damaged cells.

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Several years ago

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Several years ago, beta-carotene supplements were all the rage. Like vitamin E and C, beta carotene is a strong antioxidant, and animal studies have found that it can help prevent cancer. Furthermore, people who eat lots of food high in beta carotene (primarily yellow-orange and dark green vegetables) have been found to develop lung cancer and other forms of cancer less often.

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Alternative Suggestions for Health

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Articles abound on everything from diet to yoga to meditation. Even the American Cancer Society has included a page on their site pertaining to alternative and complimentary medicine.

Alternative remedies for cancer prevention and treatment are very popular now days. Articles abound on everything from diet to yoga to meditation. Even the American Cancer Society has included a page on their site pertaining to alternative and complimentary medicine. Among their list of “helpful complementary approaches” are aromatherapy, and prayer and spiritual practices. (more…)