Why is Osteoporosis a Concern for Men with Prostate Cancer?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 08, 2011

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  • Prostate cancer is cancer of a man's prostate.
  • Osteoporosis is a concern for men with prostate cancer.
  • The cancer can spread to the bones around the prostate.
  • Research has found a link b/w prostate cancer treatment and osteoporosis.

Prostate cancer is cancer of a man's prostate, a gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.


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One of the common cancer forms in men, prostate cancer can have many complications if treatment is not appropriate. The cancer can spread to nearby organs, such as your bladder, or travel through your bloodstream or lymphatic system to your bones or other organs.

Prostate cancer can also spread to the bones around the prostate, causing pain and broken bones. Those with prostate cancer are also at risk for developing another disease, osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, a progressive disease in which bones become weak and brittle, is of particular concern for men with prostate cancer.


Link between Osteoporosis in Men with Prostate Cancer

It is an established fact that testosterone and androgens can stimulate the growth of prostate cancer. There could be a loss of bone density in men because of the low testosterone levels. Sometimes, treatments can also lead to complications. In particular, hormonal therapies that deprive the body of androgens increase the risk of osteoporosis.



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