Breast cancer and menopause

Treatments for breast cancer can affect the age of menopause and can influence the available options for managing menopausal symptoms.
 

Early or premature menopause caused by breast cancer treatment can be managed successfully. Menopause refers to a woman’s final menstrual period. Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries no longer produce eggs, which results in her periods stopping. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

Menopause can cause a number of different symptoms and can increase the risk of other health conditions such as osteoporosis. Some women find that menopausal symptoms have little or no impact. For others, menopausal symptoms can be more severe and can affect their quality of life.

This section provides information about menopause caused by breast cancer treatments and describes what can be done to help manage the symptoms of early menopause.

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