- 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?
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Medicines to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
What drugs are used to reduce the risk of breast cancer?
When drugs are used to reduce the risk of cancer in healthy people, it’s called chemoprevention. This is an important area of cancer research.
Many clinical studies have shown that the drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene reduce the risk of breast cancer in women known to have an increased risk. Other studies are looking at newer drugs called aromatase inhibitors to find out if they can help reduce risk. Herbs and dietary supplements are also being studied to find out if they might help reduce risk but to date, none have been shown to be helpful.
Last Medical Review: 06/04/2013
Last Revised: 07/17/2013