San Diego Anti-aging medicine and family practice located in Encinitas CA, Center for Age Management

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Center for Age Management

317 N. El Camino Real, Suite 206
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Phone: 760-633-1315

 

Mon - Thur: 9am to 5pm
Lunch: 12pm to 1:30pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
On Fridays, we will have limited staff. You may leave a message and it will be our pleasure to return your call. Any prescriptions, questions or concerns that you have, we will be happy to assist you Monday - Thursday.

Serving other neighboring cities: La Costa, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Carlsbad, La Jolla, and San Diego County, CA.

Effect of Progesteorne vs Provera on Breast

Published online: 14 July 2006
Abstract The addition of the synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) to postmenopausal estrogen therapy significantly increases breast cancer risk. Whether this adverse effect is specific to MPA or characteristic of all progestogens is not known. The goal of this study was to compare the effects of oral estradiol (E2) given with either MPA or micronized progesterone (P4) on risk biomarkers for breast cancer in a postmenopausal primate model. For this randomized crossover trial, twenty-six ovariectomized adult female cynomolgus macaques were divided into social groups and rotated randomly through the following treatments (expressed as equivalent doses for women): (1) placebo; (2) E2 (1 mg/day); (3) E2 + P4 (200 mg/day); and (4) E2 + MPA (2.5 mg/day). Hormones were administered orally, and all animals were individually dosed. Treatments lasted two months and were separated by a one-month washout period. The main outcome measure was breast epithelial proliferation, as measured by Ki67 expression. Compared to placebo, E2 + MPA resulted in significantly greater breast proliferation in lobular (P < 0.01) and ductal (P < 0.01) epithelium, while E2 + P4 did not. Intramammary gene expression of the proliferation markers Ki67 and cyclin B1 was also higher after treatment with E2 + MPA (P < 0.01) but not E2 + P4. Both progestogens significantly attenuated E2 effects on body weight, endometrium, and the TFF1 marker of estrogen receptor activity in the breast. These findings suggest that oral micronized progesterone has a more favorable effect on risk biomarkers for postmenopausal breast cancer than medroxyprogesterone acetate. Keywords Hormone Therapy - Breast Cancer - Progesterone - Medroxyprogesterone Acetate - Estrogen Charles E. Wood1 Contact Information, Thomas C. Register1, Cynthia J. Lees1, Haiying Chen2, Sabrina Kimrey1 and J. Mark Cline1 (1) Department of Pathology/Section on Comparative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1040, USA (2) Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1040, USA