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Osteoporosis risk rises sharply even for younger breast cancer survivors

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health From: medicalxpress.com Women diagnosed with breast cancer who are 50 or younger face a much higher risk of the bone-loss condition osteoporosis compared to women of the same age who do not have cancer. The findings, which complement prior research showing higher bone-loss risk in older breast cancer survivors, come from …

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Older Women in the US Not Receiving Recommended Bone Density Testing before Starting Cancer Treatment, Study Finds

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Aromatase inhibitors (AIs)—drugs that stop the production of estrogen in women—are standard adjuvant therapy for post-menopausal women with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer. AIs are an effective treatment for this population, but have the major side effect of bone density loss, which can lead to increased fractures and long-term injury. To ensure patient safety, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recommends …

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Red tape may deny breast cancer victims 5p-a-day pill

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By: Sophie Borland From: dailymail.co.uk Pills costing just 5p a day could save the lives of thousands of breast cancer sufferers, according to research. Drugs used to prevent bone thinning slash the risk of dying from tumours by 20 per cent, researchers found. They say that if the pills – called bisphosphonates – were routinely given to women with breast …

No Sign That Vitamin D Supplements Help Aging Bones: Study

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From: Drugs.com Taking vitamin D supplements does not prevent the bone weakening of osteoporosis in healthy adults, a new review finds. Nearly half of people aged 50 and older use vitamin D supplements, but these findings suggest that there is no need for healthy adults to take these supplements to combat osteoporosis. Instead, the use of these supplements should be …

Too Little Vitamin D May Hasten Disability as You Age

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From  Drugs.com Older people with vitamin D deficiency may struggle with daily physical activities such as dressing or climbing stairs, a new study shows. It’s estimated that as many as 90 percent of older people are vitamin D-deficient. The vitamin, usually absorbed through sunlight or diet, plays a key role in bone and muscle health, and a deficiency can lead …