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Preventing Breast Malignancy with Tamoxifen and Raloxifene

 There is good news for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. These women are comprised of those older than 60, with family history for breast carcinoma, genetic mutations and other factors in a large-scale breast cancer prevention trial.

 Both tamoxifen and raloxifene are recommended drugs that can reduce the risk of breast malignancy by half to high-risk postmenopausal women. Although each has its own strengths and weaknesses, tamoxifen and raloxifene could be used by high-risk women in varying circumstances.

 Tamoxifen is significantly better than raloxifene in preventing breast carcinoma after five years' use. After two years of treatment with tamoxifen, the risk of invasive breast cancer was much reduced compared to raloxifene. Tamoxifen is recommended to both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.

 On the other hand, the use of raloxifene has fewer side effects such as development of uterine cancer, clotting problems and cataracts. Raloxifene should be used only for postmenopausal women and those with thinning of the bones, or osteoporosis.

 There is no significant difference in death rates and life extension in using both tamoxifen and raloxifene.

 This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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Capital Surgeons Group is a group surgical practice specializing in bariatric surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery at the following locations:

Central Austin

3705 Medical Parkway, Suite 250 and 210
Austin, TX 78705
Appointments: 512.302.1210
Office Hours: M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

North Austin/Round Rock

505 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Suite 220
Austin, TX 78728
Appointments: 512.498.4860
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

South Austin

5625 Eiger Road, Suite 230
Austin, TX 78735
Appointments: 512.441.7755
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm