When check bone density after starting AIs?

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Question from NY Nancy: How soon after starting an aromatase inhibitor should a woman have her bone density checked?
Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. We frequently will recommend a baseline bone density right when someone is beginning an aromatase inhibitor. This allows us to have a guide as to what someone's bone density was before initiation of the drug. There is data that the aromatase inhibitors decrease bone density. But the most recent published data looking at fractures suggest that by two years of being on an aromatase inhibitor, there are no increased risks of fractures.

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