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  • Menopausal hormone therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions: Consumer fact sheet

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that postmenopausal women do not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic diseases (such as heart disease, stroke or cancer). Some studies have shown that this may actually increase the risk of some of these conditions.

  • Medication for the risk reduction of primary breast cancer in women

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

    Tamoxifen and raloxifene can help reduce the risk of breast cancer, but have dangerous side-effects including increased risk of blood clots, cataracts and other cancers. Talk to your doctor about whether you are at risk of breast cancer and the best ways to reduce your risk.

  • Screening for cervical cancer: Consumer fact sheet

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

    The US Preventative Service Task Force does not recommend that women over the age of 65 get screened for cervical cancer unless they are at high risk or have not been screened before. Cervical cancer screening is not recommended for women who have had a hysterectomy and removal of the cervix.

  • Smoking: Helping people stop and stopping them from starting

    Evidently Cochrane

    Medication (such as nicotine replacements) combined with counselling or other support increases your chances of successfully quitting smoking.

  • After stroke: The Cinderella of falls prevention research

    Evidently Cochrane

    Vitamin D appears to help reduce falls after stroke, as does the medicine alendronate (compared to alphacalcidol). More research is needed about falls prevention approaches for people who have had a stroke, especially for people in the weeks following a stroke.

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