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  • Hormonal Health

Estrogen Metabolism: Are We Assessing It Properly?

July 26, 2017


Are you doing all you can to assess your patient's individual risk for a hormone-related cancer, such as breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men?

Estrogen-metabolism assessment should be an essential part of a comprehensive preventive or functional health program, regardless of whether the patient is male or female. Each patient's individual differences, including genetic as well as environmental factors, can affect potential risk. Optimizing estrogen metabolism includes supporting both phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, with particular attention to single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that may be present. In addition, xenoestrogens and toxin exposure will affect the metabolism of estrogen.

The literature supports using estrogen metabolism assessment and optimization as part of a cancer prevention program. Are you doing all you can to assess your patient's individual risk?

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the role of estrogen metabolism in the evaluation of hormone-related cancer risk
  • Learn what environmental and lifestyle factors may affect estrogen detoxification
  • Introduce therapeutic options focusing on improved estrogen metabolism