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A 37-year-old member asked:

Are weak bones a sign of any type of cancer or genetic problem?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 29 years experience
Usually not: Osteoporosis is a common problem for postmenopausal women, not genetic. Longstanding hyperparathyroidism can also lead to bone calcium loss (generally caused by a benign tumor of a parathyroid gland). Metastatic cancers to bones can lead to pathologic fractures. Best to review with your doctor to assess risk factors, and there are tests to evaluate bone health.
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