“The initial stimulus was to obtain robust prospective information on the risk of breast cancer associated with use of different types of menopausal hormone therapy”.1

What

What is the (United Kingdom (UK)) Million Women Study (MWS)?

The Million Women Study explain:

“The Million Women Study started recruiting participants more than 20 years ago, in 1996. The initial stimulus was to obtain robust prospective information on the risk of breast cancer associated with use of different types of menopausal hormone therapy. When planning the necessary large-scale prospective study, an equally important aim was to obtain reliable information on the effects of other potentially modifiable factors that affect women’s health as they age”.2

Women

What women were included in the MWS?

The MWS note:

“The study includes 1 in 4 of all UK women born between 1935 and 1950, recruited through 66 NHS breast screening centres in England and Scotland in 1996-2001”.3

What is NHS?

NHS can be an abbreviation for the (United Kingdom) National Health Service.

Investigating

What is the MWS investigating?

In Welcome To The Million Women Study: What Is The Million Women Study Investigating? the MWS explain:

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“While the initial stimulus was to study the risk of breast cancer and other conditions associated with the use of menopausal hormones, most of the women who joined the study had reached adulthood in the 1960s and had considerably different lifestyles to those of previous generations. For example, large proportions had begun smoking and using oral contraceptives as teenagers and young adults. The prevalence of obesity was also increasing and there were claims that other behaviours, such as diet, had important effects on health. To answer questions about the effects of these factors on health reliably requires large scale population-based evidence. The Million Women Study is therefore investigating the short-term and long-term effects of these and many other factors on women’s risk of developing or dying from different types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia and other mental and neurodegenerative disorders, and many other conditions in middle and in old age”.4

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  1. Welcome To the Million Women Study: What Is The Million Women Study? Million Women Study http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/introduction/ Accessed: 23 April 2020
  2. Welcome To the Million Women Study: What Is The Million Women Study? Million Women Study http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/introduction/ Accessed: 23 April 2020
  3. Welcome To the Million Women Study: Who Is Taking Part In the Study? The Million Women Study http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/introduction/ Accessed: 23 April 2020
  4. Welcome To the Million Women Study: What Is The Million Women Study Investigating? Million Women Study http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/introduction/ Accessed: 23 April 2020
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