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Title:
Estrogen matters : why taking hormones in menopause can improve women's well-being and lengthen their lives-- without raising the risk of breast cancer / Avrum Bluming, MD, and Carol Tavris, PhD.
ISBN:
9780316481205
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents:
Introduction: Who killed HRT? -- Does estrogen cause breast cancer? -- The "change of life" and the quality of life -- Matters of the heart -- Breaking bad -- Losing and using our minds -- Can breast cancer survivors take estrogen? -- Progesterone and the pill -- Debates, decisions, and final lessons in the case for HRT.
Abstract:
"For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flashes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman's overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women's Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned. Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr. Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public--and much of the medical establishment--to accept the Women's Health Initiative's often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT. A sobering and revelatory read, Estrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides a path to wellness for women everywhere."--Dust jacket.
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Summary

Summary

A compelling defense of hormone replacement therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering women to make informed decisions about their health.

For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flashes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman's overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women's Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned.

Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr. Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public -- and much of the medical establishment -- to accept the Women's Health Initiative's often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT.

A sobering and revelatory read, Estrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides an empowering path to wellness for women everywhere.


Author Notes

Avrum Bluming, MD , is a hematologist and medical oncologist, and a Master of the American College of Physicians, an award bestowed on fewer than 500 of the 100,000 board-certified internists in the United States. He is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California and a former senior investigator for the National Cancer Institute.

Carol Tavris, PhD , is a social psychologist who has written widely about psychological science. Her trade books include Anger; The Mismeasure of Woman; and, with Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me). She has won numerous awards for her science writing and contributions to skepticism and gender equity.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Killed HRT?p. 3
1 Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer?p. 17
2 The "Change of Life" and the Quality of Lifep. 55
3 Matters of the Heartp. 83
4 Breaking Badp. 105
5 Losing and Using Our Mindsp. 127
6 Can Breast Cancer Survivors Take Estrogen?p. 163
7 Progesterone and the Pillp. 195
8 Debates, Decisions, and Final Lessons in the Case for HRTp. 211
Afterwordp. 241
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 303