Does HRT Cause Cancer?

A couple who uses hormone replacement therapy summits a peak at sunset.

One of the most common questions we get asked by men and women who are considering hormone replacement therapy in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas is whether HRT is linked to an increased risk of cancer. Research conducted for many years shows that HRT is not proven to cause cancer, but we counsel patients to stop HRT treatments if cancer is detected and get advice from an experienced specialist.

Medically Monitored HRT

There remains confusion about whether a relationship exists between HRT and cancer risks in either men or women. In both cases, it’s important to have a hormone doctor routinely supervise the therapy and recommend adjustments when necessary.

Rejuvime providers continuously monitor patients, including keeping a close eye on the PSA levels of men who are getting testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy has not been shown to increase PSA levels or to cause prostate cancer.

Additionally, medically monitored HRT is considered a safe and effective way to treat a range of age-related symptoms for both men and women. Many women benefit greatly from the judicious use of hormones. For the average woman in the perimenopausal or menopausal period, the reason to start a hormone regimen is very specific.

Balancing the benefits of medical treatment against any potential risk is something that’s done with virtually every therapeutic treatment. In the case of HRT, patients should be reassured if HRT is:

  • Pursued for specific reasons, such as alleviating the symptoms of menopause or andropause. In many cases, treatment may actually help prevent osteoporosis in women.
  • Taken at an effective dose under the care of a hormone specialist.
  • Assessed at least once a year by your doctor.

We also urge HRT patients to lead healthy lifestyles because that can also help regulate hormones and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Maintaining healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, and staying active help keep hormone levels in check. Rejuvime Medical’s holistic approach includes ensuring patients exercise daily, have nutrition counseling to help maintain a healthy weight, avoid smoking, and limit alcohol.

We also discuss stress management and identify ways to manage chronic health conditions such as elevated cholesterol levels or high blood pressure.

If you’re considering hormone replacement therapy but are concerned about health risks, contact us using the online form to request a personal consultation where one of our specialists will answer your questions. Or call us at one of our 3 locations: (225) 960-1580 (Baton Rouge), (225) 900-7009 (Denham Springs), or (504) 252-9579 (Metairie).

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