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Study: Some bone drugs may reduce cancer

A new study shows some of the drugs approved to strengthen bones may also reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

February 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study shows some of the drugs approved to strengthen bones may also reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Researchers in Israel found that patients who take bisphosphonates - including Fosomax, Boniva, Actonel and Reclast - cut their cancer risk by almost 60 percent. Previous studies linked the drugs to a reduced risk of developing breast cancer.

While patients taking the drugs had a reduced cancer rate, researchers say more tests are needed to prove the medication is preventing some cancers.