‘Natural’ therapies linked to cancer
THOUSANDS of Aussie mothers and grandmothers are falling victim to a secret rise in uterine cancer, with the number of cases of the deadly disease tripling in recent decades — and compounding chemists using women as human guinea pigs are partly to blame.
Medicos have warned the increasing use of untested and unregulated compound chemist hormone replacement therapies have been linked to the rise in the cancer.
The number of new cases of uterine cancer diagnosed rose from 942 in 1982 to an estimated 2861 in 2017 and the epidemic claims around 450 lives a year. The increase is also due to the fallout of Australia’s rising obesity crisis, with doctors warning weight gain is a key risk factor for the cancer.
Professor Neville Hacker director of gynaecological cancer at Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women says about half the rise in uterine cancer rates is due to the epidemic of obesity.
But he has also treated around a dozen cases of uterine cancer linked to hormone replacement products produced by compound chemists.
Menopause expert Professor John Eden says women should be wary about compounded products.
“The corner chemist can make anything with no testing or quality control and there is no way of ascertaining whether each dose is the same. Is it safe and does it do what it says?” he said.
“That’s why you get disasters from time to time.”