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Women with hereditary breast cancer could be cured of the disease by taking daily pills, a major study has found.

A revolutionary drug called Olaparib was found to slash the chance of breast cancer returning or spreading in women with the faulty BRCA gene by up to 42 per cent.

Around 5 per cent of women with breast cancer carry mutated versions of the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, which increase the risk of getting the disease by up to 90 per cent.

The actress Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 after testing positive for the mutated BRCA1 gene. 

The new treatment will save thousands of lives and offer an alternative to life-changing preventive mastectomies.

The actress Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 after testing positive for the mutated BRCA1 gene, which causes breast cancer [File photo]

The actress Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 after testing positive for the mutated BRCA1 gene, which causes breast cancer [File photo]

A revolutionary drug called Olaparib was found to slash the chance of breast cancer returning or spreading in women with the faulty BRCA gene by up to 42 per cent

A revolutionary drug called Olaparib was found to slash the chance of breast cancer returning or spreading in women with the faulty BRCA gene by up to 42 per cent

There is currently no targeted treatment for women with these mutations, who typically develop breast cancer at younger ages. 

But yesterday a major Physician Weight Loss Center Products study revealed they are 42 per cent less likely to suffer a relapse if they take Olaparib.

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