Recent research has demonstrated something that could be of some comfort to menopausal women who are undergoing rather more severe symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms could mean lower breast cancer risk, found a study recently conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

breast cancerInvasive ductal and invasive lobular carcinoma are two of the most common varieties of breast cancer and rates of these kinds of cancer showed a 40 to 60% reduction among those women who experienced hot flashes, night sweats and so on.

1,437 postmenopausal women between the ages 55 to 74 were examined for the sake of this study and were asked to share their experiences with menopause symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes as well as irregular bleeding, vaginal dryness, disturbed sleep patterns, anxiety and depression.

Women who showed these menopausal symptoms, were seen to have just half the risk of developing the most common forms of breast cancer as those who displayed none of the symptoms.

The intensity of the hot flashes also matters here – researchers found that the women who had the most severe kinds of hot flashes had the most reduced breast cancer risk.