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CHAPTER 1
IN THE BEGINNING
Linda's letter - A Publicist's dream

CHAPTER 2
THE REAL BREAST CANCER STORY
DNA testing - Men and breast cancer - The biology of breast cancer

CHAPTER 3
ALL ABOUT HRT
How hormones work - Testosterone is a girl's best friend - What is HRT? - HRT and your general health - HRT and your mental health - Five years is not enough - What happens if you stop taking HRT - Why do women give up HRT?

CHAPTER 4
TYPES OF HRT TREATMENT
HRT treatments - The HRT pill - The skin patch - Oestrogel - Oestrogen creams - Implants - Progestogen - the side effects - The Mirena ring - HRT and the contraceptive pill

CHAPTER 5
YOU AND YOUR GP
When Doctor says 'No' - The doctor's dilemma and the compensation culture - Walk-in centres - Alternative therapies and the natural route - Feminists and agony aunts

CHAPTER 6
MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS AND RELATED DISEASES
Palpitations and hot flushes - Painful Joints - Vaginitis, cystitis and thrush - Incontinence - Checklist of menopause symptoms - Heart attacks and strokes - Osteoporosis - the silent disease - The scanning process

CHAPTER 7
SHOPPING FOR HRT
Girl talk - Going private - BUPA and PPP - HRT on the Internet - HRT from the Pharmacist

CHAPTER 8
TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR MENOPAUSE
Historical comparisons - A lack of understanding - Do-it-yourself-kit - Thyroid symptoms - A cautionary tale of three friends

CHAPTER 9
AM I LOSING MY MIND?
The change of life - Hormones and personality - Saving your sanity

CHAPTER 10
GROWING UP WITH HORMONES
Why boys and girls differ - Battle of the hormones - Family values - Understanding your daughters

CHAPTER 11
MOVIES, SOAPS AND PRIME TIME
Breasts and bottoms - The Movies - TV Soaps - The Archers - BBC Prime time - A historical view

CHAPTER 12
THE BEAUTY BUSINESS
The cosmetics industry - Skin deep - Collagen - Hair - Teeth - The mating market - Keeping up appearances

CHAPTER 13
A NEW LEASE OF LIFE
Sex after menopause - Marilyn Monroe and the secret tapes - Lonely hearts column - The Saga saga - Growing old disgracefully - Living alone - Hang on to your houses

CHAPTER 14
OVERCOMING OLD AGE WITH HRT
Seventy plus - what lies ahead of us? - Sir John Peel - Margaret Thatcher - Wendy Cooper - Fay Weldon - Barbara Cartland

CHAPTER 15
INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL STUDIES
The Japanese Study - The American Study - The British Study - What the rest of the world has to say about HRT

CHAPTER 16
MALE MID-LIFE CRISIS
The Florida experience - Testosterone and men - Is there a male menopause? - Genetic risks in children of ageing fathers

CHAPTER 17
WHO CAN WE TRUST?
Cherry picking time - Background to The Million Women Study - The role of the Committee on Safety of Medicines - The role of the cancer charities

CHAPTER 18
THE POLITICS OF HRT
'Braine' Storming - Contacting your MP - Time for the tea trolley - The free market to the rescue - Modern-day Suffragettes - Reversing the decision

CHAPTER 19
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Summary

Appendix I
Extract from a Survey of the Literature of the biology of breast cancer

Appendix II
A list of Menopause Clinics in the U.K.