More severe menopause for those who beat cancer

But those who beat cancer experience fewer psychological symptoms.

The study of more than 1000 women aged 40 to 60 assessed a range of factors including severity of menopausal symptoms, quality of life and sexual function.

It showed cancer survivors had more severe and frequent menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats than other people being treated for menopause, said lead author Dr Jennifer Marino of the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women's Hospital.

Cancer survivors have twice as many hot flushes – six compared with three in 24 hours – and are twice as likely to report severe or very severe flushes than non-cancer patients.

A significant number have more than 10 flushes a day. 

Interestingly, the mental health of cancer survivors appeared to be better than the non-cancer patients.

"The study reveals the cancer survivors are less troubled by symptoms of anxiety and