Chemoprevention for Breast Cancer

Studies have show that the medications used for chemoprevention can decrease the risk of breast cancer by approximately 50% in high risk women.

Chemoprevention means taking medication to prevent breast cancer. If a woman’s risk to develop breast cancer over the next five years is 1.7% or greater, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends consideration of chemoprevention to reduce breast cancer risk. Learn more about breast cancer risk assessment.

Examples of these medications are tamoxifen and raloxifene. These medications are taken orally, typically every day for 5 years. Studies have shown that these drugs can decrease the risk of breast cancer by approximately 50% in high risk women.

View the National Cancer Institute fact sheet about chemoprevention for breast cancer for more information.

If a patient is interested in chemoprevention, it is important that she returns to her referring doctor(s) to discuss the use of these types of medications (including their risks and benefits).

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For more information on this topic, patients can contact our genetic counselor at 720-493-3229 or via email at rapp@riaco.com.

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