Lowest Breast Cancer Risk
Women who experience the most severe hot flashes during menopause have the lowest risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, conclude researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The researchers believe that experiencing menopausal symptoms, including mood swings and insomnia, may be an indicator of lower risk of breast cancer later. Women who experienced menopausal symptoms had half the risk of breast cancer (including invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular cancer) compared to women who had no symptoms. New York Times cautions that these preliminary study findings don't mean that women who have severe hot flashes can skip mammograms. It's important to remember that the risk of breast cancer increases with age.