Bone health in people with history of breast cancer

Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and break more easily. Osteopenia is a less severe condition of bone loss and may precede osteoporosis.

With more than 200 million women diagnosed with osteoporosis around the world, and 1 in every 3 women over the age of 50 at risk, the burden of weak bones in the society is significant.

If you are a breast cancer survivor or a current patient, the treatment you receive puts you at risk of weak bones.

There are other factors that also make you more likely to get weak bones. Weak bones fracture easily and will affect your life.

You should be aware of all these factors and the ways you can improve bone health and protect yourself. 

This website is to provide you with the information you need to protect the health of your bones. It is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor. 

Osteoporosis is condition where bones become more brittle. It can affect men, women, and even young people. The inside of a healthy bone looks like this….it’s dense and spongy. The inside of a bone affected by osteoporosis looks like this…it’s becoming hollowed out, and brittle. What causes this to happen? All of the tissues in our bodies…our skin, our organs and our bones, are made up of cells. They’re constantly dying and being replaced. Of course we don’t notice it or see it happening, except maybe in our skin. The same thing happens in normal healthy bone, as bone gets old it is replaced by new. But in osteoporosis, bone dies faster than it is replaced. So the inside of the bone becomes thinned out and sparse. Bones affected by osteoporosis are more hollow and more brittle. So they are more likely to break easily.

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