Medications, Health History and Cancer Risk

Medications, Health History and Cancer Risk

Certain medical conditions and medications can increase cancer risk. These articles address some of those concerns.


Diethylstilbestrol (DES) Exposure

DES was the first synthetic estrogen and was given to pregnant women from 1938-1971 to prevent miscarriages. It was found to cause health issues for the children born of these pregnancies (called DES daughters, DES sons).

Health Risks of Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was commonly prescribed for menopausal women to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness and risk of bone fractures and heart disease. In July 2002, a large study found that HRT was doing more harm than good, causing breast cancer, heart disease and strokes.

How a Woman's Health History Affects Cancer Risk

Certain pieces of a woman’s health history can mean that her risk of developing breast cancer is higher. For most women, these are not factors that can be changed, but many women want to know about risks that may exist.

Atipical Hyperplasia

This condition is an abnormal overgrowth of cells in the breast tissue. It is not cancer, but increases the risk of breast cancer in the future.

Blogs

Putting Your Specialty Pharmacy to Work for You
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
August 11, 2014

The Importance of Knowing Your Family’s Medical History
by Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN
August 10, 2016

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