- Question from Fernando: What do you think about the use of raloxifene to prevent bone fractures?
- Answers - Charles Shapiro Raloxifene is actually developed as an osteoporosis drug and approved for use in osteoporosis. It's not as effective as other drugs like Fosamax and Actonel. In the initial studies of raloxifene, which were dedicated to osteoporosis, researchers observed a reduction in breast cancer developing in women without a personal history of breast cancer who received raloxifene, compared to women who received a placebo. So it seems like raloxifene is a potential breast cancer preventive, as tamoxifen is established to be. There's an ongoing trial called the STAR Trial, which is comparing tamoxifen to raloxifene in high risk women.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. This is for women who've not had breast cancer, are postmenopausal, and thought to be at high risk for developing the disease.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Keeping Your Bones Strong. Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how to measure the strength of your bones, how to find out your risk for osteoporosis, and what you can do to lower that risk.
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