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chemoprevention


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A method of disease prevention by long-term, usually lifelong, medication to modify risk factors. Examples include use of therapeutic agents to reduce blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. It is an expensive disease prevention strategy, applicable only in high-income countries, but it is among the most effective methods of preventing complications of hypertension and coronary heart disease or disease progression.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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