I read murder mysteries. But I don't like the ones that are too scary - the ones where we know in ugly detail what the psychopath is planning to do to his next defenseless victim.
This morning I read something even more scary - the manufacturer leaflet that comes with Tamoxifen (Nolvadex.) I've known for years that warnings for medicine change sometimes. (We usually get that news on the Rx bottle or a leaflet that the drugstore publishes.) And we often ignore it But for certain powerful medicines, the drug store will give us the manufacturer leaflet, full of too-small print, and very important.
The Tamoxifen manufacturer leaflet says: "Because Nolvadex does not prevent all breast cancers, and you may get other types. . . "
WAIT A MINUTE! This is the first I've heard of this, despite the deluge of medical news I get every day for this blog.
Just a week ago, I learned of new research to help women who don't metabolize Tamoxifen in a way that helps them. (See May 5, DRUG NEWS - Bypass Tamoxifen. . .) And I've heard a woman say: "I took Tamoxifen and the cancer came back!"
After that, I insisted that my doctor refer me to an OB/GYN. I have an appointment with one next week.
Now I read that this stuff I take doesn't even prevent all types of Bc! So I decided:
The new OB/Gyn doctor had better be enthusiastic about examining my breasts herself, as well as below-the-belt focus. Or else.
Daily exercise isn't optional.
I need to pay even more attention to my body.
I need to be even more careful, let's say obsessive, about what I breathe, eat, and put on my body. Like reading labels. And knowing the names of dangerous stuff.
I need to tell everyone to read the manufacturer leaflet that comes with Tamoxifen, and in your "spare time," read the drugstore-published leaflet that comes with other Rx.
I wish you health.
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