Warning – cancer treatment comes with risk of osteoporosis
Cancer Research UK say any cancer treatment in women that lowers oestrogen levels can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Treatments include:
- chemotherapy that caused an early menopause
- hormone therapy with a drug called an LHRH analogue (eg Zoladex)
- hormone therapy with a drug called an aromatase inhibitor (anastrozole, arimidex, aromasin, exemestane , letrozole)
- radiotherapy to your ovaries to stop them working
- surgery to remove your ovaries when you were premenopausal
Osteoporosis is a condition that you need to check for. Ignoring the warning signs – such as a wrist fracture, or a broken bone from a minor bump or a fall from standing height – puts you at risk of further painful fractures that can dramatically reduce your independence. Acting now can make a huge difference to your future lifestyle and happiness.
STOP AT ONE
The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) have a new campaign aimed at alerting those at risk: STOP AT ONE.
The campaign has online test making it easy for you to assess your risk of osteoporosis by answering simple questions. Click on the link below, answer the questions and they will send you a personalised report and useful recommendations on where to get help and what you can do to improve your bone health.
- a DXA scan
- a bone density scan
- a bone densitometry scan
DEXA scans are often used to diagnose or assess someone’s risk of osteoporosis. You lie on a flat open bed and a machine whirrs around above you. It’s quick and totally painless, and a DEXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density.