Bone Drugs May Help Prevent Breast Cancer

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - New results from a large women's health study
suggest that bone-building drugs such as Fosamax and Actonel might
help prevent breast cancer.

Women who already were taking these medicines when the study began were nearly one-third less likely to develop breast cancer over the next seven years. That's compared to women who were not on
such pills.

The study by itself is not proof that these drugs can prevent cancer. More definitive studies should give a clearer picture in a year or two. Until then, doctors say women should only take these drugs if they have osteoporosis or other bone problems.

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