Infertility Hormones and Breast Cancer?
By: Holly L. Thacker, MD Posted on October 22, 2011
OK, ladies, you can have a baby and you can undergo IVF if you need to. The myths and misunderstandings surrounding hormones abound! This morning, I heard a so-called 'hormone expert' on "Fox & Friends" make untrue statements about birth control pills and fertility treatments causing breast cancer. I am at a women's health meeting right now and one of my colleagues, Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, professor and founding director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health said, "Then how come the national hormone experts don't know this?!?" Well, that is because it is NOT true. That's why!
Dr. Jeff Levine, a respected women's health expert and a women's health residency director, joked, "Well, that is because what the media says is 'true' and that bad news sells." So, obviously what the media says and what so-called hormone experts say is NOT ALWAYS TRUE, especially if there is a frightening bent to the story. Furthermore, anyone who understands breast cancer path biology knows that breast cancer does not develop overnight or even in the spans of a few months. It takes years for abnormal cells to develop to the point where they can be clinically detected.
Birth control hormones are THE most studied pharmacologic therapy in history and the WORLD data show NO increase in breast cancer (and a reduced risk of ovarian cancer). I urge women to get reliable information about hormones, contraception, and fertility issues, including infertility treatments from true experts. Dr. Tommaso Falcone is a true expert. He has helped thousands of women have families through his book, "The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility." He co-wrote the book with his daughter, a nutrition expert. It has wonderful health, lifestyle and nutrition information for being strong, being healthy, and being in charge!
Be Strong, Be Healthy, and Be in Charge!
- Dr. Holly L. Thacker