Q. I’ve heard that estrogen causes breast cancer. Why would a woman consider taking hormone replacement therapy?
Every woman has to consider this important question at some point in her life. As a pharmacist and board-certified endocrinologist specializing in women’s health, I discuss this with my patients on a daily basis. I want to empower you with knowledge that enables you to be an active participant in your own health. In my 29 years of clinical practice, I’ve managed over 100,000 female patient visits. Combining that clinical experience with my ongoing review of the medical literature enables me to determine the safest, most effective therapies for my patients. To understand the issue about breast cancer and hormone replacement (HRT), women need to know that ALL drugs have risks and benefits and the key is to know the actual numbers.
Marina Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E., a UCLA-USC trained physician has no ties to any pharmaceutical company. She is the author of “Outliving Your Ovaries: An Endocrinologist Reviews the Risks and Rewards of Treating Menopause With Hormone Replacement Therapy.” She’s the medical director of the Institute of Endocrinology and Preventive Medicine in Dallas, Texas. In 2011, she spoke at the Cleveland HeartLab symposium at the Cleveland Clinic. She’s appeared on Joni’s Table Talk on Daystar Television Network, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, Daybreak USA radio show and written articles for numerous magazines.