Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Osteoporosis

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4287-2

Definition

Bone disorder characterized by a lowered bone mineral density, due to which the bone is more susceptible to fractures. An important factor in osteoporosis etiology lies in estrogen deficiency following menopause. Imbalance between bone resorption by osteoclasts and by osteoblasts is the underlying mechanism.

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Keywords

Breast Cancer Bone Mineral Density Cancer Research Bone Mineral Bone Resorption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany