Shoulder1.com: Great Information, Real Community, Better Living.
 Register
 Login
 Main Page
 Shoulder News
Feature Story
Shoulder Technology
Real Life Recoveries
 Education Center
Conditions
Procedures
 Shoulder  Hero™
Dr. Evan Flatow:
Innovating Shoulder Surgery
About Heroes
 Join the Discussion in  Our Forums
 Community
Shoulder1 Forums
Patient Stories
Shoulder Journals
 Reference
Ask an Expert
FAQ's
Locate a Doctor
Reference Library
Anatomy
Video Library
 Bookmark Us
 
advertisement
Search the Body1 Network
April 18, 2021  
SHOULDER NEWS: Feature Story

  • Print this Article
  • Email this Article
  • Links/Reprints
  • Breast Cancer Survivors at Risk for Bone Fractures

    Breast Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Bone Fractures


    March 31, 2005

    By: Diana Barnes-Brown for Shoulder1

    While many women worry about keeping their bones strong and stable as they age, survivors of breast cancer may need to take special care to preserve bone health and strength, say health experts.

    Learn More
    Quick Facts on Breast Cancer

    1. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, about 211,240 women in the U.S. will be found to have breast cancer and 40,410 women will die from the disease.

    2. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women.

    3. The chance a woman will have breast cancer in her life is approximately 1 in 7.

    4. The chance a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 33.

    5. There are currently more than 2 million women living in the U.S. who have been through breast cancer treatment.

    6. Breast cancer death rates are falling as diagnosis and treatment techniques. the American Cancer Society sites early detection (by way of regular breast self exams and mammograms) is a key component in preventing breast cancer deaths.

    New research from the University of Arizona, Tucson has used data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS) to draw conclusions about the effects of living through breast cancer on bone density.

    The research, published in an article in the March 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, found that postmenopausal breast cancer survivors may have a higher risk of fractures in bones excluding the hip bone than their counterparts who have not undergone breast cancer treatments.

    The study was conducted by Zhao Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H. and colleagues at the University of Arizona. The team compared bone fracture rates in a group of 5,298 women who had breast cancer with a group of 80,848 women who had no history of breast cancer over a five-year period of time. Women gave information on their fracture histories and experiences in questionnaire form, and the fractures were placed into four categories: hip, forearm/wrist, spine or back, and other fractures.

    Chen and colleagues found that aside from hip fractures, which seemed to occur with the same frequency in both groups, “fracture rates were higher in the breast cancer survivors than in the reference group. Overall, breast cancer survivors may sustain 68.6 excess fractures per 10,000 person-years compared with other women in the same age group.” (A person-year is defined as the number of the persons multiplied by the number of years of observation.)

    Learn More
    Quick Facts on Bone Health

    1. At some point in early adulthood, people reach peak bone density. Throughout life, some bone cells are made as some are depleted.

    2. At the time of peak bone density, more cells are being made than are depleted, but as people age, the balance shifts somewhat, so that more bone cells are lost than replaced.

    3. If bone loss is severe enough, this can lead to osteoporosis, or porous, easily broken bones.

    4. Bone density tests are painless tests that use small amounts of radiation to give a measurement of the amount of minerals in the bones. These tests show how much bone has been lost and give doctors an idea of how likely a patient is to develop. osteoporosis.

    The researchers adjusted the figures to account for other risk factors, including medication use, hormone replacement therapy, prior history or fractures and lifestyle, but found that the increased risk held true in spite of these adjustments, suggesting a likely correlation between breast cancer survival and bone fractures.

    Previous studies involving smaller populations has found that postmenopausal breast cancer survivors suffer from accelerated bone loss after chemotherapy for breast cancer and have low bone density, but others have offered inconsistent findings on fracture risk.

    With further research, noted the authors, “the excess number of fractures may be as high as 13,000 per year for the two million postmenopausal breast cancer survivors in the United States.” They concluded, “More research is needed to understand the fracture risk in this special population and to develop strategies to reduce the number of fractures among breast cancer survivors.”

    Last updated: 31-Mar-05

    Comments

  • Add Comment
  •    
    Interact on Shoulder1

    Discuss this topic with others.
     
    Feature Archives

    Surgery A Treatment Option For Young Patients With Shoulder Injuries

    Recommendations For Tablet Computer Use To Avoid Shoulder Pain

    3-D Motion Detection System Could Prevent Shoulder Injuries In Baseball Pitchers

    New IDSA Guidelines Aim To Reduce Death, Disability And Cost Of Prosthetic Joint Infections

    Biceps Tenodesis Hastens Recovery From Shoulder Injuries

    Previous 5 Features ...

    Next 5 Features ...

    More Features ...
       
     
    Related Multimedia

    Interview with Dr. Andrews

    The Importance of the Shoulder - Interview with Dr. Andrews

    More Features ...
     
    Related Content
    Connection Found Between Breast Cancer and Fracture Risk

    Breast Cancer Survivors: Take Care to Preserve Bone Strength

    Pericarditis

    Ovarian Cancer

    Hyperprolactinemia

    More Features ...
     
    Home About Us Press Jobs Advertise With Us Contact Us
    advertisement
    © 2021 Body1 All rights reserved.
    Disclaimer: The information provided within this website is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Owners and Sponsors of this site. By using this site you agree to indemnify, and hold the Owners and Sponsors harmless, from any disputes arising from content posted here-in.