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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
It can.: Studies show that women who take tamoxifen have twice the risk of uterine cancer as compared to non treated patients. However, the benefits of tamoxifen for the treatment of breast cancer far outweigh the risks. Aromatase inhibitors are a group of drugs that can be used instead of tamoxifen for post-menopausal breast cancer patients; these drugs do not have this risk.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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