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"Osteoporosis drug scores in cancer test"

Globe and Mail

Source: Globe and Mail

Published: 18 Apr 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (2½ stars)

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An osteoporosis drug is as effective at preventing breast cancer as the commonly used tamoxifen, cutting in half the likelihood of cancer among high-risk women while causing fewer side effects, new research shows.
The results of a large continent-wide study, released yesterday, show that older high-risk women using raloxifene were statistically no more likely to get breast cancer than women taking tamoxifen.
"Women's greatest fear in life oftentimes is breast cancer and this gives women another option," said Lavina Lickley, the principal Canadian investigator of the study and a women who has herself battled breast cancer.
"For postmenopausal women, obviously it's not approved for use at the moment, but I think it will be very quickly," added Dr. Lickley, a surgeon at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. "On balance, it's the logical choice."....

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