Questions And Answers

From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you are a cancer survivor.
Osteoporosis is a disease of bone. Your bone becomes thin, weak, and your bone density deteriorates and you can easily fracture. Learn more about osteoporosis symptoms here
As a cancer survivor, you are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis due to the cancer itself or its treatment. In addition, you can learn about its risk factors for women and for men
You can use a risk calculator to know the risk of fracture. here
Osteoporosis screening is done measuring your bones density mostly by DEXA scanning.Ask your doctor, when you should be screened for osteoporosis for women and for men
Eat right and be more active . Educate yourself and speak with your doctor on how to improve your bone health
You need to make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D for bone health. Learn about the right dose of calcium and vitamin D for you. here
Falling can cause broken bones. Exercise can help prevent falls. Muscle strength, and balance exercises are good for bone health. Ask your doctor about exercises recommended to strengthen your bones and prevent falls. Learn more about specific exercises to improve your bone health here
Discuss with your doctor the impact of your cancer treatment on your bone Discuss with your doctor what osteoporosis treatment option is best for you as a cancer survivor, when you should start it and for how long you should use it Be aware of the possible side effects that you may get from osteoporosis treatment
To know if you have osteoporosis your doctor will request a bone density test. DEXA is a special type of x-ray that involves minimal radiation exposure and measures the thickness of your bones. Learn more about this test here.