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Mar042011

Study: Breast Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Falls

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Women who suffered from breast cancer have a higher risk of falling than woman who never had the disease, according to a new study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Researchers at Oregon Health Science University looked at muscle and balance in 59 post-menopausal breast cancer survivors whose average age was 58.  They first asked the women if they fell in the past year and then followed them for six months.

The study found that 58 percent of the women reported a fall in the past year and almost half fell within six months after joining the study.  In all, the breast cancer patients had a 15 percent higher rate of falls than women who do not have breast cancer.

Fractures, which can result from falls, are of particular concern for breast cancer survivors as a combination of early menopause due to breast cancer treatment and common drugs used to treat breast cancer could lead to the weakening of bones.

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