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[MOL] Needed: a few good women...

...make that 22,000 women, and they don't have to be good! You may have seen
this last night on the news...love, Joicy

Breast Cancer Study Needs Women
    [05/25/99; Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists are seeking 22,000 post-menopausal
women at high risk of developing breast cancer for a study comparing
the potential of two drugs to prevent the disease. Researchers
announced Tuesday the enrollment of women at 400 medical centers
in the United States and Canada for the long-awaited study comparing
the drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene. Tamoxifen has long been considered
a potent breast cancer treatment. Last year, the Food and Drug
Administration approved tamoxifen as a way to reduce the odds
that women at particularly high risk of breast cancer will get
the disease. But tamoxifen causes serious side effects: It doubled
women's risk of uterine cancer, tripled the risk of potentially
fatal blood clots and increased chances of developing cataracts. Raloxifene
treats bone-thinning osteoporosis, but studies suggest it could
have a similar breast cancer-protecting effect. It, too, has
side effects, but doesn't appear to increase the uterine cancer
risk. The new study, by a research group called the National Surgical
Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project and supported by the National
Cancer Institute, will attempt to determine which drug is best. To
find a U.S. study site, call 1-800-4-CANCER; in Canada, call
1-888-939-3333. Or check 




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