Tamoxifen is a medication that blocks the female hormone estrogen in the body for more than 30 years doctors have prescribed it to fight breast cancer tumors that depend on estrogen to grow . Tamoxifen and raloxifene for lowering breast cancer risk tamoxifen and raloxifene for lowering breast cancer risk tamoxifen and raloxifene have been shown to reduce the risk breast cancer but they can have their own risks and side effects et al tamoxifen for the prevention of breast cancer current status of the national surgical . A large nci sponsored randomized clinical trial called the breast cancer prevention trial found that tamoxifen taken for 5 years reduced the risk of developing invasive breast cancer by about 50 in postmenopausal women who were at increased risk . Tamoxifen is used in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer tamoxifen is a hormone therapy that belongs to a class of drugs called antiestrogens or selective estrogen receptor modulators estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone that sometimes plays a role in the growth of breast cancer cells. Despite there being no significant difference in the number of deaths from breast cancer between treatment groups there were more deaths from breast cancer in the tamoxifen group this outcome could not be linked to use of menopausal hormone therapy or the occurrence of oestrogen receptor negative breast cancer
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