Bone health critical issue for men with prostate cancer

Bone health is a critical, yet often underrecognized facet of prostate cancer.
BY ARA CONTENT Published: October 2, 2012
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This can cause severe pain and lead to bone complications, such as fractures and spinal cord injury, which may require surgery or radiation.

In fact, roughly 75 percent of patients with advanced prostate cancer and approximately 90 percent of patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer will develop bone metastases. Yet, results from a recent survey showed that only seven percent of men with prostate cancer were familiar with the potential for bone complications from cancer spreading.

“Cancer can have a serious impact on a man's bones during his prostate cancer journey. The results can be debilitating and greatly impact a man's life,” said Fred Mills, former chairman of the board, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network.

“It's important for all men to educate themselves and become aware of risk factors and ways to help protect their bones from the effects of cancer.”

Talk to your doctor for more information. There is also a resource, the “Bone Health in Focus” report, to help prostate cancer patients and their caregivers learn more about how cancer can affect a man's bones. The report features valuable information, such as personal stories, tips and survey results that can assist men in their cancer journey.