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Menopausal symptoms show decreased risk of breast cancer

Researchers from the University of Washington have recently completed a study that shows that women who suffer from common symptoms of menopause like hot flashes may be half as likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the Daily Mail.

The results of the study show that the worse a woman's menopausal symptoms are, the lower risk she has of developing breast cancer.

The root cause of a hot flash is actually a hormone deficiency. During menopause, some women could endure up to a dozen hot flashes a day lasting from three to six minutes. Women who have more than one hot flash a day have forty percent less oestradiol (a form of the hormone oestrogen) than that of their counterparts. Scientists have found that oestrogen plays a significant role in the development of specific breast cancers and can aid tumor growth.

According to BreastCancer.org, one in eight American women will develop some type of invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. 
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