Lauren Streicher M.D.

Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am , by

You may have seen the headlines this week about a new study showing that postmenopausal women who take hormone therapy have a greater risk of getting invasive breast cancer—and of dying from it. If you’re one of those women trying to keep the crazy hot flashes at bay, try not to overreact. “Based on this information there is no need to flush your estrogen down the toilet,” says Lauren Streicher, M.D. (right), assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Streicher, who will be on the Ladies’ Home Journal Medical Advisory Board (to be officially announced soon), says that the media often gets ahold of studies before doctors do. So doctors like her have to scramble to read the research, and make sense of it, before their phones start ringing with patients anxious for answers. But the bottom line, she says, is “if you look carefully at the numbers, it is not as significant as the screeching headlines make it sound.”

She wrote a great blog about it for the Dr. Oz site. So if you want a voice of reason on this subject, read it here.