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Tamoxifen after prophylactic surgeries?

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Question from DonnaM:  I know there is some data to suggest the use of tamoxifen in high-risk women without a breast cancer diagnosis, but is there any reason why a woman with BRCA1 or 2 would need tamoxifen AFTER having prophylactic surgeries if she has not been diagnosed with the disease?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann That's a very good question. I would say if you had prophylactic mastectomy there would be no need to take tamoxifen.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. I completely agree.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

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