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As a result of P1 and P2 prevention trials sponsored by the NSABP we know that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer can be reduced through preventive medications and a process called chemo prevention. The current available options for chemo prevention include Tamoxifen and its cousin Raloxifene (Evista). Tamoxifen blocks the effects of estrogen, a reproductive hormone that influences the growth and development of many breast cancers by binding to its receptor site. It can reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer by 30-50%. Raloxifene works in a similar way and reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer by about 30%.  However, it is only prescribed to women who are postmenopausal.
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