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International Healthcare News: Hot flushes linked to lower cancer risk

Expatriate healthcare customers might be interested to know that strong symptoms of the menopause have been linked to a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Indeed, research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that the more severe the symptoms then the lower the risk of developing the two most common types of breast cancer – invasive ductal and invasive lobular carcinoma.

Severe symptoms included things like hot flushes in the night that resulted in women having problems sleeping.

Expatriates finding these symptoms hard to deal with might want to consult their healthcare provider.

Senior author Dr Christopher Li commented: "In particular we found that women who experienced more intense hot flushes – the kind that woke them up at night – had a particularly low risk of breast cancer."

The research has been published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.

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