Dr. Heward shares the most important question a woman should ask before starting hormone replacement therapy/HRT.
Well, the most important question is, "Is there a family risk for breast cancer?" and, an attempt to gauge the degree to which the fear of that risk is going to be stressful to her. Many people would say that if there’s a family risk for breast cancer, that would preclude consideration of hormone replacement therapy, but again, I think that’s a very individual decision depending upon things such as, “What is the family’s risk of cardiovascular disease?” as well.
So one needs to weigh all the perceived risks and benefits and then make a decision based upon those risks and benefits, and the only way that one can do that effectively is to work with a knowledgeable physician who can help you gauge those things and together, the two of you come up with what’s the correct decision for you.
About Dr. Heward, Ph.D:
Dr. Christopher B. Heward is past-President of Kronos Science Laboratory. His primary responsibility was providing scientific and technical leadership for all laboratory activities. He oversaw the development and implementation of the clinical laboratory testing program; assisted in designing and refining both internally and externally sponsored clinical studies; directed and coordinated diagnostic product research and development; administered laboratory and patient databases; was principal investigator for the Kronos Longitudinal Aging Study (KLAS); and communicated Kronos’ discoveries and advances to lay and scientific audiences via presentations and publications. Dr. Heward’s research interests included healthy aging, endocrinology, oxidative stress, Alzheimer’s disease, prion disease (TSE) and menopause. Dr. Heward attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts degrees from both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biology. He earned his PhD from the Department of Biology in 1981.
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