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Breast cancer: Women at risk offered tamoxifen on NHS

Hundreds of thousands of women across Wales and England could soon be spared the uncertainty of a breast cancer diagnosis by taking a daily pill to help prevent the disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says the NHS should now give tamoxifen or raloxifene to women with a family history of cancer to prevent the disease from developing.

In Wales, just over 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

The Welsh government says it expects local health boards to make the drugs available to patients who qualify for them.

Carolyn Rogers, clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, spoke about the development to Peter Johnson.

Women offered NHS breast cancer drug

  • 25 Jun 2013
  • From the section Wales