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Keeping your bones healthy throughout your life is important no matter your race, ethnicity, or gender. But if you're a woman who's been diagnosed with breast cancer, bone health is especially important for you. Research shows that some breast cancer treatments can lead to bone loss. Plus, women are about twice as likely as men to develop osteoporosis (a disease that means your bones are weak and more likely to break) after age 50.

In this section, you can read about the basics of bone health, bone health tests, breast cancer treatments that affect bones, and ways to keep your bones strong.


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The medical experts for Bone Health are:

  • Dawn Hershman, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Department of Medicine, New York
  • Robert Lindsay, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Chief of Internal Medicine, Helen Hayes Hospital, West Haverstraw, New York

These experts are members of the Professional Advisory Board, which includes more than 70 medical experts in breast cancer-related fields.

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