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Daily pill could cut cancer risk

Thousands of women in England and Wales could be spared the distress of a breast cancer diagnosis by taking a daily pill to prevent the disease, under new guidance being given to doctors.

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Breast cancer awareness raised by Angelina Jolie

Jolie's aunt died of breast cancer shortly after the star announced she had had a double mastectomy. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New guidance for doctors will mean women will have access to preventative drugs which dramatically reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Last month, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of developing cancer.

Jolie spoke at the time of her happiness that the announcement had generated more discussion about women's health.

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