Estrogen Therapy: WHI Initiative in Perspective (cont.)
The First surprise was that the WHI study was stopped early, after just 5.2 years, because there were early signs of increased harm (increase in coronary heart disease, stroke, and blood clots in the lungs) that outweighed the benefits (decreased fractures and colon cancer).
The WHI estimates that out of 10,000 women who take the particular EPT combination over the course of a year, we can expect additional cases of several serious health problems:
At the same time, however, there would be 6 fewer colorectal cancers and 5 fewer hip fractures. Many are women who are "hanging on" to EPT because of fear of Alzheimer's disease running in her family, only to be disappointed by the WHI study results.
The increase in breast cancer became especially apparent after 3-5 years, but the increase in heart disease and pulmonary emboli occurred early on, in the first year.
Some physicians, and their patients, would say that we finally have the answer, but we don't necessary like it. On the other hand, many points are worth emphasizing:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions