Small Risk of Side Effects Outweighs Larger Risk of Getting Cancer

If someone invented a pill to cut a cancer risk in half, would you take it?

Who wouldn’t?

Apparently the answer is millions of women.

Full article by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times.

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  1. Bruce says:

    This very interesting. It shows a lack of rational thought.

  2. Bret says:

    Agree it’s interesting. But hard to understand.

  3. Vicki says:

    It’s women not thinking rationally. That shouldn’t be so hard to understand.

  4. Linda Gorman says:

    The article says that among 52 year old women at risk, 19 out of 1,000 women would develop breast cancer. If those women took tamoxifen, 9 of them would avoid breast cancer.

    However, the drug wuld be expected to cause 21 additional cases of endometrial cancer, 21 would develop blood clots, 31 would develop cataracts, and 12 would develop sexual problems.