Menopause is a term that people in their 40s and 50s who were born biologically female know all too well.
Defined as the end of your menstrual cycles and marked by symptoms like hot flashes, mood changes and more, it’s a time in life that brings up a lot of questions about your health.
One common question that doctors and other clinicians hear is if going into perimenopause (the time before you go into menopause) and menopause increases your risk for breast cancer.
“Perimenopause and menopause do not cause breast cancer,” says surgical oncologist Lori Alfonse, DO, Deputy Physician in Chief of Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute. “However, there are certain factors, like when you start menopause and if you undergo hormone therapy for menopause symptoms, that can affect your risk.”