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12/14/2013 (4 months ago)

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Anastrozole reduces chance of high-risk post-menopausal women by 53 percent

It's being hailed as just the latest weapon in the onslaught of breast cancer. A new drug has been found to halve the risk of developing breast cancer. Still in the research stages, the drug, called anastrozole has been found that taking the drug for five years reduces the chance of high-risk post-menopausal women contracting the disease by 53 percent.

Led by Queen Mary University and Cancer Research UK, the study proved that anastrozole is far more effective and does not have side effects such as acute aches and pains.

Led by Queen Mary University and Cancer Research UK, the study proved that anastrozole is far more effective and does not have side effects such as acute aches and pains.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/14/2013 (4 months ago)

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Keywords: Anastrozole, breast cancer, study, United Kingdom


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - There have been urgent calls for the drug, which is relatively inexpensive.

Scientific director of the charity Genesis Breast Cancer prevention as well as co-lead of the study, Professor Tony Howell, said the results of anastrozole were "remarkable  This is a significant step for postmenopausal women, who have been identified as high risk.

"This provides us with another preventative treatment option, which has the potential to save and prolong the lives of thousands of women."

Howell said the drug brings humanity "one step closer to creating a future without breast cancer."

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approved tamoxifen and raloxifene earlier this year for women over 30 who were at high risk of breast cancer.

Led by Queen Mary University and Cancer Research UK, the study proved that anastrozole is far more effective and does not have side effects such as acute aches and pains.

"We now know anastrozole should be the drug of choice when it comes to reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with a family history or other risk factors for the disease," Lead researcher Professor Jack Cuzick says.

"This class of drugs is more effective than previous drugs such as tamoxifen and crucially, it has fewer side-effects."

Prof Cuzick called NICE to consider adding anastrozole to their recommended drugs for women who are predisposed to developing breast cancer.

Belonging to a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, anastrozole blocks production of estrogen. It has been used for years to treat post-menopausal women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

Around 10,000 post-menopausal women die of breast cancer in Britain each year and around 20 percent of these are at high risk.



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