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Osteoporosis is a condition that develops when the bones thin or weaken. It is the most common type of bone disease.
Those living with certain types of cancer find themselves at an increased risk for osteoporosis, due to the effect cancer has on their body and side effects of certain cancer treatments, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Patients with bone cancer or other cancers that can spread to the bones — such as breast, prostate or lung cancers — are at an increased risk for osteoporosis and should talk to their doctor about those risks and how to minimize them.
Certain cancer treatments also can increase the risk for the bone disease, including:
Be sure to talk to your physician about osteoporosis and your risk for developing the condition. Your physician may order a DEXA scan or bone density tests to get a better idea of the condition and strength of your bones.
Maintaining a healthy diet and weight can help decrease your risk for osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises, including weight training, stair climbing and walking, also strengthen bones. Taking vitamin D and a calcium supplement (under your doctor’s supervision) also benefits bone health.
Minimizing your risks for falls will also help. Some tips to help prevent falls include:
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