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500K to be offered breast cancer drugs, NICE says

More than half a million women at risk of breast cancer should be offered drugs by the NHS for the first time to stop it developing, according to official health advice.

All women over 30 in England and Wales judged to be at moderate or high risk of breast cancer would be able to take one of two drugs to reduce their risk under the draft guideline drawn up by NICE.

At present 2% of women in that age group are classed as at moderate risk and another 1% at high risk on the basis of family history of breast cancer. NICE’s updated advice on familial breast cancer could lead to nearly 550,000 women becoming eligible for the drugs.

Read more in The Guardian.

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