Estrogen


High Estrogen Levels and Uterine Cancer

Estrogen is one of the primary hormones found in a woman's body. Estrogen is also present in men to a much smaller degree. A healthy level of estrogen in women helps to ensure a woman's cardiac health and the strength of her bones. In fact, if estrogen levels fall in a normal range throughout a woman's lifetime, the health protective benefits of this critical hormone are countless.

The problem occurs when estrogen levels are too high, too much of the time, relative to a woman's stage in life. Serious health consequences may occur when high levels of estrogen occur for long periods of time. Progesterone is another critical female hormone. One of progesterone's main roles is to balance out estrogen levels. These two hormones are similar to a see-saw, if one goes up, the other goes down and vice versa. In the female body, if there are high levels of estrogen without progesterone opposing it, many diseases of the reproductive organs may develop over time.

High levels of estrogen without progesterone often lead to symptoms of estrogen dominance. These symptoms range from heavy periods with severe cramping to ovarian cysts and fibroids. High levels of unopposed estrogen also increase the risk of a woman developing uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer. Many of the risk factors for developing these cancers are similar. Please note that tamoxifen, a medication that is used to treat breast cancer, is one of the known risk factors for uterine cancer.

Statistically, a woman who is overweight and does not exercise will have higher levels of estrogen. A woman who has never been pregnant, has periods without the release of an egg, or has fewer than five periods a year is at a higher risk of developing a hormone related cancer of the female reproductive system. Additionally, a woman who is over fifty or who has a close family member who has had colon, ovarian, or breast cancer is at higher risk for developing a cancer of the reproductive organs.

All of these risk factors are related to high levels of unopposed estrogen. This includes the risk factors for uterine cancer. Of course, the best medicine is prevention. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising 4-5 times a week at a moderate aerobic level, and eating organic meats and dairy products are important steps to keeping estrogen levels in a normal range. Many meat and dairy products that are not organic have a substantial amount of added estrogen in them. Eating only organic meat and dairy products will help to eradicate xenoestrogens from your diet.

It has also been found that plastic bottles and containers release estrogen, especially when heated in a microwave or if a bottle has been sitting in a hot car. Using non-plastic microwavable plates and non-plastic drinking bottles will also help to purge xenoestrogens from your diet. If you are in a high risk group for developing uterine, ovarian, colon, or breast cancer, it is important to see your doctor on a regular basis for periodic check-ups. If these cancers are caught early, the survival rate is much higher than in the later stages.