Menopause Charity Ambassador, Liz Earle, Hits Back at Misleading HRT & Breast Cancer Headlines

Published: 4th November 2020

Midlife wellness warrior, Liz Earle MBE, recently recorded a special episode of the Liz Earle Wellbeing Show with lead researcher, Dr Yana Vinogradova, with the aim of tackling recent inaccuracies in the press regarding HRT and breast cancer.

An ambassador for The Menopause Charity recently launched by Dr Louise Newson, Liz says she recorded this special edition of her podcast “because I was infuriated by the misleading headlines and reporting. The press release issued by the Nottingham researchers clearly stated their research showed that “for longer term HRT use the increased risks are lower than those reported in a recent meta-analysis, which combined the results of 24 varied studies.” Yet this was not the headline in some mainstream newspapers or radio shows. I also wanted to clarify the value of this study, as it was by mathematicians and not practicing medical experts in this field. There are many different types of HRT, the more modern kind being the very safe kind - which also confer many significant and lasting health benefits. It is infuriating that when talking about risk, some in the media continue to focus on a very small risk of breast cancer (no proven link to fatalities), but then ignore the massive reduction in risk from the true killers of older women, notably coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, suicide and dementia. I hope this podcast helps add some evidence-based balance on the issue of estrogen insufficiency,  which will affect all women at some point in their lives."

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