Yesterday, as usual, I got up early, brushed my teeth and, as I have been doing for more than ten years, swallowed a little green pill before going down.
While enjoying a cup of coffee, I read the header of the front page of the email: & # 39; New notification via HRT links to breast cancer & # 39 ;.
It shocked me – considering the pill I had just taken.
Women aged 50 to 69 are 32 percent more likely to have breast cancer if they have used HRT for five years (stock image)
The story said that women aged 50 to 69 (including me) are 32 percent more likely to get the disease if they have used HRT for five years.
And the danger is twice as great for patients who have been in treatment for ten years (me again). Moreover, the extra risk lasts ten years or more after stopping HRT.
I felt angry. Why wasn't I warned about the possible long-term effects when I started taking the pills on doctor's advice?
I vaguely remember something about headache and weight gain, but nothing about breast cancer or, as I have since discovered, an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Did the pharmaceutical giants producing HST massively not know of the possible side effects? And if so, why wasn't it told women? (stock image)
Much of the research dates from 2002, years before I started taking what I always think of as my & # 39; magical & # 39; have seen green pill.
Did the pharmaceutical giants producing HST massively not know of the possible side effects? And if so, why wasn't it told women? It seems outrageous that a generation of women have been used cynically as medical guinea pigs for decades.
HST has been sold to us as a fail-safe panacea, which has changed the lives of many women for the better. It would help us exercise more, improve our overall health, promote weight loss, compensate osteoporosis, help sleep, prevent night sweats, lack of sex drive and depression, and – we thought – the risk of cancer and reduce heart disease.
Have we been exploited when we tried to compensate for the problems of femininity in middle age? Were we fools to use treatment to prevent the effects of aging? Only time will tell what the long-term effects of pumping our bodies full of prescribed hormones will have on our lifespan.
Of course many will assess the risks and decide that they will not outweigh the benefits, just like their right.
But after this report I made an appointment with my doctor to find out more about the risks of HRT. I'm sure countless others have that too.
We are perhaps the most educated generation of women in history, but I fear we may be the most misled.
Alan will raise your hearts
If you feel like a good mood, I suggest you look at the new Love Your Garden series by Alan Titchmarsh. In the first episode (still on ITV Hub) he created & # 39; outdoor rooms & # 39; for former gardener Daniel Bradbury, 32 – who suffers from the onset of Alzheimer's – his cute wife and their young twins. Your heart melts faster than snow on tulip leaves in the spring sun.
In the first episode of Alan Titchmarsh's new Love Your Garden series, he created & # 39; outdoor rooms & # 39; for former gardener Daniel Bradbury, 32 – who suffers from Alzheimer's early. Pictured: Titchmarsh and his team of garden experts
Fleabag frightening in wide pants
The brilliantly funny Phoebe Waller-Bridge celebrated its sold-out Fleabag one-woman show by wearing an emerald green, custom-made velvet Victoria Beckham pantsuit for a showbiz party. A crumpled waist and a £ 2,000 plus price tag. For the first time, the joke was on Phoebe – unless she gives it directly to her local charity shop.
The brilliantly funny Phoebe Waller-Bridge celebrated its sold-out Fleabag one-woman show with an emerald green, custom-made velvet Victoria Beckham pantsuit
Fans of Renee Zellweger may be stunned to hear that she has taken six years off films to make her way out of a & # 39; dark place & # 39; but then spent two years as Judy Garland to play the drug-addicted, depressed, and heartbroken singer in a new biopic. "I would listen to her music every day and watch images of her before I went to bed," says Renee. But another character of the actress, Bridget Jones, would have advised her to go out more, embrace herself and believe that she is perfect as she is.
The thorny problem of Scarlett
Scarlett Johansson sashed over the red carpet to promote her film Marriage Story and revealed a tattoo on her back of a climbing rose and a lamb. It is said that it is a tribute to her young daughter Rose. Let's hope this unsightly non-art is not added. Otherwise, by the time she goes to college, Rose will have spread across Mother's shoulder to her navel.
Scarlett Johansson sashed over the red carpet to promote her film Marriage Story and revealed a tattoo on her back of a climbing rose and a lamb
Jeremy Paxman fires Boris Johnson as "a man you wouldn't trust with your sister." A bit rich of someone who left his 35-year-old partner for a 29-year-old woman.
According to the famous magazine Hello!, Six powerful women have been picked from lucrative jobs to lead Meghan's new female team to promote Project Sussex. In addition to a babysitter, other domestic staff and bodyguards, she and Harry have hired a young "digital expert" (whose last job was with the fashion brand Burberry) to increase their presence on social media. Greedy for attention or what?!
Brad Pitt walks the red carpet for an Ad Astra screening
Three years ago, Angelina Jolie threw him amid allegations of child abuse and there were disturbing reports of limited access to his children. Today Brad Pitt has restored his unlawful reputation and has a critically acclaimed new film, Ad Astra. This follows a sublime performance in the latest film by Tarantino. Sourpuss Jolie has not had a single hit film since their divorce, although I told her that the video Guided Meditation With Positive And Inspiring Words has sold a few copies. Prove that karma really works.
Despite the fact that celebrity baker Paul Hollywood's ex-girlfriend instructed lawyers to stop him and claimed that she had leaked stories to the gossip magazines after their breakup, a private text message from him had surfaced to her. It is said that the 53-year-old is desperate for reconciliation with the 24-year-old bar girl Summer Monteys-Fullham. This love split is becoming more and more exciting – and more entertaining – than a Great British Bake Off final.
After Wayne Rooney was photographed in Vancouver and put his arms around a woman in a nightclub, his long-suffering wife Coleen publicly removed her wedding ring. This was not the first time she did this after a quirky escapades from her husband. That ring has been on and off more often than Wayne & # 39; s football shorts.
- Author Philip Pullman had to apologize after saying that Boris Johnson should be threaded onto the nearest lamppost. But without remorse, he added that & # 39; the ax and the block are still in good condition & # 39 ;. Why do such uncivilized remains like bloodthirsty medieval statues? Corby & # 39; s Momentum friends used social media to decapitate me with a rusty guillotine. We live through a new period of Horrible Histories.
- Drip-dry gloomy Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has told glamor magazine Grazia that she will not encourage a personal fan base in the way "Cleggmania" surrounded her predecessor Nick Clegg. She says, "I don't think this is about personality." That's very happy.
- See you soon Ruth Davidson. Her dismissal speech as a Scottish Tory leader was fair, human and worthy. For once, "spending more time with her family" (a son and her partner) was not a euphemistic politician trying to hide a scandal. She just wants to be a better mother. Ruth, I greet you.
Oliver and Olivia are at the top of the list of popular boy and girl names, with parents inspired by Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey and Game Of Thrones. My mother wanted to call me Scarlett, as in O & # 39; Hara by Gone With The Wind. Dad refused. I always wondered how different my life would have been if I was called Scarlett Platell.
With the ink on his divorce papers barely dry, a leather-clad motorcyclist rower-turned C-frame celeb James Cracknell, 47, has been revealed to his new young girlfriend, sniffing in a park. These must be difficult times for his ex-wife, who nursed him in a terrible accident. Also for his son and daughters. A fat sportsman but less great as a father.
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