- Medicines to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
- Tamoxifen and raloxifene
- What are the risks in taking these drugs?
- How long should women take these drugs to lower breast cancer risk?
- Do these drugs have the same risks as post-menopausal hormone therapy?
- Who should consider taking a drug to reduce their breast cancer risk?
- Breast cancer risk assessment
- Weighing risks versus benefits
- Aromatase inhibitors
- Other compounds being studied
- What does all of this mean for you?
- To learn more
How long should women take these drugs to lower breast cancer risk?
The ideal length of time women should take one of these drugs to reduce their risk of breast cancer is not known. In studies, these drugs were taken for 5 years. So, based on this, most doctors recommend that women take tamoxifen or raloxifene for 5 years to lower their risk of breast cancer.
Last Medical Review: 09/12/2011
Last Revised: 09/12/2011