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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Daily Dose

Women and breast cancer drugs

A government task force recommended last Monday that women at high risk of breast cancer consider taking drugs to prevent the disease. The primary care physicians on the panel reaffirmed their previous recommendations made back in 2002, but few high-risk women have opted to take the estrogen-blocking medications — either tamoxifen or raloxifene — and I’m guessing very few will likely do so in the future.

But more of them should try the drugs, according to the latest draft guidelines issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force, because the benefits outweigh the risks.

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