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Cheap drugs normally used to strengthen bone can cut deaths from breast cancer, research shows.
A charity said it was one of the most important findings in breast cancer treatment for a decade and could save 1,000 lives a year in the UK.
The data from 18,766 women, published in the Lancet, showed the drugs prevented secondary tumours growing in the bone.
The drugs are not currently available for this purpose on the NHS.
By the time a tumour is removed from the breast there is always a risk that tiny fragments have already spread.
Bone is the favourite second home of breast cancer where it can lie dormant for years.
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