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Breast cancer

20 April 2010

Daily pills slash breast cancer risk

The results are in and clear - taking a pill a day for five years can slash the risk of breast cancer. But high-risk women are still reluctant to do it.

The results are in and clear - taking a pill a day for five years can slash the risk of breast cancer. But high-risk women are still reluctant to do it.
 

"I think we need to reassess why we are not using these drugs more broadly and why we are not prepared to reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than 50% in women who are high risk," said Dr Gabriel Hortobagyi of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston.
 

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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