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Prostate Cancer: Osteoporosis Due to Hormone Therapy

Bone thinning, or osteoporosis, is a side effect of hormone therapy used to treat some prostate cancers.

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Not all men develop osteoporosis as a result of hormone (also called androgen deprivation) therapy. But bone mineral density screenings may be a good idea during hormonal treatments.

A type of X-ray, bone mineral density screenings are a safe and noninvasive way to diagnose osteoporosis, detect low bone density, monitor the effectiveness of treatments, and predict the risk for future fractures.

How Do I Prevent Osteoporosis If I'm Taking Hormones for Prostate Cancer?

Some approaches that may help to slow or prevent osteoporosis include:

Men should talk to their health care providers about other approaches.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD, FACP on August 03, 2013

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