Study: Drug Could Increase Rate of Breast Cancer Survival When Taken Properly

In good news for women battling breast cancer, a recent study from the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Campaign revealed that the lives of more than 400 women could be saved each year if they took the fully prescribed course of Tamoxifen.

According to The Guardian, approximately 13,000 women are prescribed a five-year course of the drug each year, but many choose not complete the treatment due to side effects like fatigue, weight gain and hot flashes.

"Tamoxifen is one of the most effective treatments for breast cancer when taken as prescribed," Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign, said in a statement. "This study is a timely reminder that it's so important that women are given support to continue taking their Tamoxifen so that they have the best possible chance to outlive breast cancer."

Tamoxifen has been used to prevent and treat breast cancer for decades – it blocks the effects that estrogen has on cancer cells, thereby decreasing the chance that the cancer will grow. Women who are struggling with the side effects of Tamoxifen as they complete their treatment can test out coping strategies such as acupuncture or giving up coffee and tea.

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