Cancer-Deterring Drug Found to Harm Bones

February 9, 2012

New York Times

A drug that scientists hoped might be a safe new way to prevent breast cancer appears to pose a risk after all: significant bone loss.

The finding, published online Monday in The Lancet Oncology, could make women more reluctant to use the drug, exemestane, and it deals a setback to the notion that one day healthy people might take medicine to reduce their risk of getting cancer.

“One might not be too reassured about the use of exemestane in the prevention setting,” Jane A. Cauley, an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, wrote in a commentary that accompanied the study... Read More