Written by : Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Breast cancer can be prevented or at least, the risks of getting breast cancer can be decreased by :
Chemoprevention means the use of drugs in an attempt to reduce the risks of breast cancer. It is usually prescribed in women whose risks of getting breast cancer are particularly high.
These results were also the first clear indication that a chemopreventive agent could be effective in preventing cancer in a high-risk population.
Tamoxifen has now been approved for reducing breast cancer risk in high-risk women. But it can increase the risks of endometrial cancer (cancer of the inner lining of the uterus) and for blood clots. So postmenopausal women should discuss the benefits and potential risks with their doctor before taking this drug.
Treatment Plan for Chemoprevention
Surgery can also be carried out to prevent breast cancers but is necessary in only a very few cases.
Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy: Removal of both the breasts (mastectomy)is necessary in women who are at very high risk for breast cancer. It is considered an option in the following groups of women:
Prophylactic Oophorectoomy: Removal of both the ovaries may also be considered in some women since this removes the main source of estrogen in the body.This is more true in women with a BRCA mutation.
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