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To learn more about the use of drugs to reduce your risk of breast cancer, talk with your doctor about your risk of developing breast cancer, your medical history, your overall health, and the risks and benefits of such drugs. Consider asking the following questions:
- What is my risk of getting breast cancer? How do my doctor and I know what my risk is?
- How does my risk compare to other women's risk?
- What should I do if I know I'm at risk for breast cancer?
- Have I been through menopause? How does this affect the use of drugs to reduce the risk of breast cancer?
- How does taking tamoxifen or raloxifene lower my risk of breast cancer?
- Would it help me to take tamoxifen or raloxifene to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
- Are there other ways to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
- What are the additional benefits of tamoxifen and raloxifene?
- What are the side effects of each drug? How could these affect my quality of life?
- What can be done to help with side effects if they do occur?
- What other factors may help guide the decision to take drugs to lower the risk of breast cancer?
- What clinical trials are open to me?
- Where can I find more information to help me make a decision about drugs to reduce the risk of breast cancer?