Women who are most at risk of developing breast cancer are to be offered a preventative drug.

Women who have two or more family members with breast cancer will be offered tamoxifen for five years, where clinically appropriate.

Recent studies have found that taking tamoxifen can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 50 per cent.

In welcoming the announcement Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said:

“We know that the earlier cancer is detected the easier it is to treat and the better the chance of survival. But prevention really is the best cure.

“It is fantastic that we can now find out who is most at risk of cancer and stop it from developing. The way we deal with cancer now has changed significantly, thanks to new technology and continued improvement and investment in services over the years people are now living longer with cancer.

“Anyone who is concerned they may be at risk of breast cancer because of their family history should contact their GP who can offer advice on what to do.”