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    The use of tamoxifen and other agents which alter the hormone status of the patient are under study. The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) with support from the National Cancer Institute began a study in 1992 (called the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, or BCPT) studying the use of tamoxifen as a breast cancer preventative for high-risk women. The results yielded from the study showed that tamoxifen significantly reduced breast cancer risk, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of tamoxifen to reduce breast cancer risk for high-risk patients in 1998. Another NSABP study, known as STAR, is seeking to understand if another drug, raloxifene, is as effective as tamoxifen in reducing breast cancer risk in high-risk patients. That study was begun in 1999, and participants were to be monitored for five years.

    And, while most breast cancer can't be prevented, it can be diagnosed from a mammogram at an early stage when it is most treatable. The results of awareness and routine screening have allowed earlier diagnosis, which results in a better prognosis for those discovered.

    Source: The Gale Group. Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 3rd ed.";

  • One very good way is to quit wearing bras. Wearing a bra 24/7 gives you a 4 in 5 chance of having breast cancer. Never wearing a bra gives you a 1 in 158 of a chance. You do the figuring. Also see 007b dot com for much more information.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, stay Physically Active, eat your fruits and veggies, refrain from drinking alcohol, don't smoke, breast feed if possible, refrain from taking birth control pills, refrain from taking post-menopausal hormones, be sure and know your family history if you are at risk there are medications that can help and be sure and have your screenings done, your mammograms and breast exams, including monthly self exams. And wearing bras has nothing at all to do with it
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