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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.

    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.

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    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 William Blahd, MD on September 11, 2015

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