Can This Pill Prevent Breast Cancer?

Two Anastrozole pillsBlack women are far more likely to die from breast cancer than their white counterparts. Could a pill somehow change all that?

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Anastrozole can reduce a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer by almost half, according to a recent study published in the Lancet medical journal.

For the study, researchers looked at more than 3,800 post-menopausal women from 18 countries between ages 40 and 70. All women included in the trial were considered at high risk of breast cancer. (This means the women had either two or more family members who had a history of the disease, a mother or sister who had breast cancer by the age of 50 or a close relative who had cancer in both breasts.) In addition, scientists also considered women with certain high-risk benign breast tumors.