Bone drugs may also be reducing the risk of breast cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/10/09

Bone strengthening drugs may also be reducing the risk of breast cancer

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Good news for the millions of women who take drugs to strengthen their bones, those drugs may also help reduce the risk of breast cancer. The drug ingredient is called Biphosphonates, but the drug names you hear in TV ads are Fosamax and Boniva.  The study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found that women who took those drugs had almost a third fewer cases of breast cancer, compared to women who didn't take the bone building drugs.  

Researchers aren't sure why Biphosphonates seem to fend off breast cancer, but since cancer often spreads through the bones, researchers are hopeful these drugs may work to fight off other cancers as well.

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