What Are the New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Average-Risk Women?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently updated their breast cancer screening guidelines for women who are at an average risk of developing the disease.  It was published in the October 20, 2015 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Society). Here are the recommendations: Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo…

What Could Your Frequent Hot Flashes Indicate?

A recent small study of menopausal women with frequent hot flashes may show a relationship between these flashes and an increased chance of developing heart disease. Frequent hot flashes meant that the women experienced these flashes 5-6 times per day. In the study, changes were seen in the vessels of the cardiovascular system.  This again points…

These Missed Signs Could Be Why Women Are More Likely to Die of Heart Disease

The risk of suffering from a heart attack increases for women after going through menopause.  It seems that estrogen is heart protective, and after the menses stops, estrogen production greatly decreases.  Therefore, heart problems become more of a concern. It is important to remember that more women die of heart disease each year than men.  This…

Osteoporosis – Are You at Risk and How Do You Treat It?

…..Many menopausal women suffer from osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones which causes them to become weak, brittle, and more susceptible to fractures.  Women have an increased risk of osteoporosis throughout their lifetime.  Risk factors include: Low body weight Smoking history Fair skin Menopausal state …..There are various methods of prevention and treatment for osteoporosis. …

A New Way to Treat Your Hot Flushes

…..A new medication, called Brisdelle (paroxetine), has been approved by the FDA as the first non-hormonal treatment for moderate to severe hot flushes (vasomotor symptoms).  This is a common problem in perimenopausal and menopausal women. …..Brisdelle contains the same ingredient as Paxil, but at a much lower dosage.  At this dosage, this medication is not…

A New Medication to Help a Painful Menopausal Symptom

…..In February 2013, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the US approved a new drug for the treatment of dyspareunia (painful sexual relations), caused by the thinning of the vulva and vaginal tissues in the menopausal time of life.  The drug is called Osphena (ospemifene), and it acts as a tissue selective estrogen protagonist…

Postmenopausal Women – Preventing Your Urinary Tract Infections

…..Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) because of a decrease in their estrogen levels.  This lower hormone state is associated with specific physical and physiologic changes that increase this risk: Thinning of the mucosa of the vulva (vaginal tissue) Changing of the normal bacteria that usually inhabit the vagina, especially a…

Another Way to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

…..Some women at a high risk for breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing invasive breast cancer with the use of the medication called tamoxifen.  Chemoprevention is the use of a medication to reduce cancer, and it may be considered in a patient who is at high risk of developing breast cancer. …..In a…

How Does Tamoxifen Treat Breast Cancer?

…..Tamoxifen is a common endocrine treatment for both early and advanced breast cancer in pre- and post-menopausal women.  Some breast cancer cells are stimulated to grow in the presence of the estrogen hormone.  The estrogens bind to special areas in the cancer cells called estrogen receptors, and once the estrogens are attached, the cancer cells’…

A Way to Help Determine the Status of Your Weight

…..Weight control is a major concern for most of us.  As menopause approaches, many women experience an increase in their weight, with about 70% being overweight.  Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used calculation that quantifies where our weight is, and when using this classification, about 50% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are considered…