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    Late menopause and breast cancer
    An_259656 posted:
    Hello, I am 53, my periods have always been very light but now they are regular once a month and last about a day, mostly just mucus with some darkish blood(or lining??). I am assuming I have been periomenopausal for some time, I have only had the occasional night sweat and no other symptoms. I am now concerned with this delayed menopause because my sister was just diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and I was reading that one of the risk factors for this can be a late menopause. Should I be concerned about a late menopause? How long can a peri-menopause last and should I seek some advice regarding a late menopause and the link to breast cancer? Thanks for any insights you might have.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear An_259656,
    Sorry to hear about your sister; I hope she does well.
    Indeed, late menopause does carry the slight increased risk of breast cancer; but it also carries a lower risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. You might want to consider genetic testing-any other family members with breast cancer? And there are medications that can lower the risk of breast cancer, as well to consider-for example, raloxifene is used post menopausally for bone protection as well as breast protection.
    So do make your care providers aware of your situation, and again, hope your sister does well.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    canada14 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thank you! Yes, one other sister was diagnosed three years ago with breast cancer. I will look into the raloxifene, although I am not post menopausal but something to keep in mind.

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