• I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor. Should I have the bone density test?

    Asked by Beverley on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor. Should I have the bone density test?

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    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      chemo hurts our bones but if u r a hormonal gal and are on an AI like femara then u have to have one yearly

      almost 6 years ago
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      almost 6 years ago
    • jamrck's Avatar

      Depends on your age, whether you had chemo, etc . Certainly wouldn't hurt to ask. I had my first bone density @ 51 - pre-cancer, which was fine. Had another one 2.5 years after chemo (I was 56) when the oncologist was switching me from Tamoxifen to Aromasin. There was enough change to put me on Fosamax.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is a difference between a bone scan and a bone density scan. A bone density scan measures the size of your bones. A bone scan looks for any anomilies in bone structure. Generally, bone density scans are recommended annually for post menopausal women or younger women when there is a high risk/history for osteoperosis. It isn't really related to having had breast cancer.

      almost 6 years ago

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