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Can Estrogen Cream Cause Breast Cancer 3 wks?

09/30/2011

Question:

I`m 59 years old. Three months ago I had a mammogram they said was normal. Then just three weeks ago my gynecologist had me take two weeks of vaginal estrogen cream in prep for a PAP smear because I`d had post-menopausal shrinking in my vagina. I quit the estrogen cream immediately after the exam. But at the exam the gynocologist found a lump in my breast and sent me in for what turned out to be an ultrasound and yet another mammogram. Is it possible that using estrogen cream for two weeks, if you have a family history of breast cancer, could cause cancer in that short of a time? (I haven`t gotten the results yet.)

Answer:

No, short term estrogen use cannot cause breast cancer.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University