Important news about breast cancer tonight, especially for women at higher risk of the disease.
Experts recommend giving those women anti-cancer drugs before a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Dr. Timothy Johnson explains in the WJBF Medical Report.
The National Cancer Institute says about 232,000 women in the United States will get breast cancer this year, and almost 40,000 will die from it.
Now, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a group of cancer doctors, recommends that women at high risk for breast cancer be given chemoprevention.
That means treating these women with anti-cancer drugs before any signs of cancer.
For pre-menopausal women at high-risk, doctors suggest the following:
-Tamoxifen @20 milligrams a day for five years.
In post-menopausal women at high risk, they suggest:
-Raloxifene @60 milligrams a day for five years and
-Exemestane @25 milligrams a day for five years.
Past research indicates that more than 15% of women ages 35-79 could benefit from preventive use of these drugs, but less than one percent are getting this treatment.