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Breast cancer patients not taking drug

5th November 2008

A study in the British Journal of Cancer has found that many breast cancer patients are risking their lives by failing to take the tamoxifen they are prescribed.

University of Dundee researchers found half of women failed to finish the five-year course of the drug needed to maximise their survival chances. The analysis of more than 2,000 women's prescription records also found that around 20% regularly forgot to take a tablet. Figures suggest that women who miss one tablet every five days have a 10% greater risk of dying.


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