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Pink Pack: New drug could treat, prevent breast cancer

(WECT) - A drug used to treat breast cancer may also be used to prevent it, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study showed women who are at high risk for breast cancer could reduce their chances of getting it by taking a drug called Aromasin.  The drug blocks estrogen, the hormone that fuels cancer cells.

The specialist who led the study said he found that at-risk patients who took Aromasin for three years reduced their risk of invasive breast cancer by 65 percent.

More than 4,500 post menopausal women took part in the trials.

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