A patient is prescribed micronized estradiol for the treatment of perimenopausal symptoms. The nurse should inform this patient that this medication increases the risk of:


•Estrogen therapy improves the symptoms of menopause but increases the risk of endometrial cancer. Adding progestin to the treatment lowers that risk.

•Estrogen therapy also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and thromboembolic events.

•Incorrect: Estrogen therapy has not been shown to increase the risk for liver cancer, lung cancer, or leukemia.

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