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Women with raised risk of breast cancer on screening could be given preventive treatment

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1982
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Doctors could soon be advising women who have a higher than normal risk of breast cancer about preventive treatments in the same way that they prescribe statins to reduce the risk of heart disease, an international panel of cancer specialists has said.

All women whose risk of getting breast cancer over the next 10 years is 4% above the average should be offered preventive measures and closer monitoring, says the panel in a consensus statement that emerged from a meeting in Switzerland last year (Lancet Oncology doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70030-4).

The challenge is to quantify the risk. The evidence to date points to density of breast …

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