Melbourne: Cancer survivors are twice as likely to experience severe and frequent menopausal symptoms than other women, according to a new Australian study. The study was led by University of Melbourne and the Royal Women`s Hospital Melbourne, with the King Edward Memorial Hospital and the University of Western Australia. The number of cancer survivors were twice who faced severe menopausal symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats compared to women who do not have cancer, the study said. Lead author Jennifer Marino of the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women`s Hospital said the study was the biggest of its kind to assess the impact of menopausal symptoms on the quality of life of cancer survivors. "Our study showed for the first time, that cancer survivors experienced more severe and frequent menopausal symptoms (such as hot flushes and night sweats) than patients who did not have cancer," Marino said. More than 1,51,000 (around one in 25) women in Australia are cancer survivors with more than one third of those are breast cancer survivors. Almost 1,000 cancer survivors (mostly breast cancer) and 155 non-cancer patients aged 40 to 60, who attended the Menopause Symptoms After Cancer Clinic at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia, were surveyed to determine a range of factors including severity of menopausal symptoms, impact on quality of life and sexual function.
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