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Cancer in Children Increases Risk of Bone Fragility

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New research indicates that the side effects of cancer treatment, plus the sedentary lifestyle caused by being ill, increases children's risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures. This condition, caused by low bone mineral density, can last throughout a child's lifetime.

Being aware of the possibility of bone fragility is important, because there are several ways to treat the condition in order to lower the risk of fractures. These can include getting more calcium in the diet, taking part in weight-bearing exercise and taking medication.

If you have a child who has had cancer, or if you had cancer as a child, be sure to talk with your doctor about bone health and what you should do about it.



Source:
Cancer, 1 April 2007



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