“For otherwise healthy women younger than 60, taking MHT for the symptoms of menopause, there is no evidence of increased lung cancer risk, or of…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hormone Therapy and Lung Cancer Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Cancer of the Lung
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hormone Therapy (HT)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)

Risk

If women choose to use menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) what is the risk of lung cancer?

In Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Lung Cancer & MHT the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

“For otherwise healthy women younger than 60, taking MHT for the symptoms of menopause, there is no evidence of increased lung cancer risk, or of increased death from lung cancer. For women older than 60, the increased risk of lung cancer is very small”.2

Risk Comparison

What puts women at a higher risk of developing lung cancer than taking MHT?

The JH explain:

“The following factors put you at a higher risk of developing lung cancer than taking MHT:

  • Past smoking
  • Current smoking
  • Passive smoking (inhaling smoke from others smoking around you)”.3

Smokers

Can older women who are heavy smokers use MHT?Hormone Therapy and Lung Cancer

The JH note:

“Older women who are heavy smokers should not use MHT”.4

Health Care Provider

If I choose to use HT what is my risk of lung cancer?

Different women who choose to use HT can have different risks of lung cancer. It may therefore be in your best interest to also choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

One of the points of consensus about menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section B: General Principles Governing the Use of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:

  • “The option of MHT is an individual decision in terms of quality of life and health priorities as well as personal risk factors such as age, time since menopause and the risk of VTE, stroke, ischemic heart disease and breast cancer. MHT should not be recommended without a clear indication for its use”.5

What is VTE?

VTE can be an abbreviation for Venous Thromboembolism.

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  1. Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Lung Cancer & MHT. Last Updated: 07 April 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 04 June 2020
  2. Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Lung Cancer & MHT. Last Updated: 07 April 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 04 June 2020
  3. Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Lung Cancer & MHT. Last Updated: 07 April 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 04 June 2020
  4. Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – Lung Cancer & MHT. Last Updated: 07 April 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 04 June 2020
  5. De Villiers, T. J., Hall, J. E., Pinkerton, J. V., Pérez, S. C., Rees, M., Yang, C. and Pierroz, D. D. Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section B: General Principles Governing the Use of MHT. Climacteric, 2016;19:4:314 https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/ba6379e868044bec13015ac2b84f2753.pdf Accessed: 04 June 2020
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