By: By: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
What new developments are there are in the battle against breast cancer? Well, most breast tumors are estrogen receptor positive, meaning they respond to estrogen; estrogen makes them grow. The problem for tumors in postmenopasal women is that there isn’t much estrogen around, unless of course you take it in a drug like pre-mar-in, made from pregnant mare urine, found not to affect the quality of women’s lives, just the quantity, increasing the risk of strokes heart attacks blood clots and, breast cancer.
Thankfully millions of women stopped taking it in 2002, and we saw a nice dip in breast cancer rates, but unfortunately, those rates have since stagnated. Hundreds of thousands of American women continue every year to get that dreaded diagnosis. So what next?
Well, with no estrogen…
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