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Hi 

I just read the following in a Reader's Digest Article

Don't drink too much alcohol.  Even moderate drinking may be too much.  Your
risk of breast cancer rises 11 percent if you regularly have on drink a day,
24 percent with two drinks and 40 percent with more than two, according to
research by Lenore Kohlmeier, a professor epidemiology and nutrition at the
University of North Caroline in Chapel Hill.  You needn't quit, though.  Limit
yourself to three drinks a week.
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Take Vitamin D.  women who consumed 200 international units a day (amount in 2
cups of vitamin D fortified milk) lowered their breast cancer risk by about 30
percent.  At least 200 IU's daily are recommended for those age 50 and
younger; 400 to 600 IU's for those older than 50.
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Euphoria hit last spring with the discovery that the drug tamoxifen used after
surgery to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer - could also prevent it's
occurrence in the 1st place.  In a widely heralded trial, preliminary results
showed tamoxifen reduced the incidence of invasive breast cancer by 45 percent
in high risk women, compared with those taking a placebo.  Formal trial
results releasd in September strongly confirmed these findings.  But
candidates for the treatment should consider the drug's potential benefits and
side effects.

Based on the study's results, the NCI's Dr. Leslie Ford estimates that if 1000
high risk women over the age 50 took tamxifen for 5 years the drug would
prevent 17 cases of inveasive breast cancer (out of 33 expected). But it would
also cause 12 cases of endometrial cancer and ten cases of serious blood clots
or strokes.
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