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DXA Technician Denelle Hensley with Hologic scan machine.
 
 
What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the quantity of bone is reduced and the quality of bone is impaired. As a result, the bones become weaker and more likely to fracture.


Osteoporosis is common:

  • In women over the age of 50, there are more osteoporotic fractures than heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer combined.
  • 1:2 women over 50 are expected to break a bone because of osteoporosis.
  • 1:4 men over 50 are expected to break a bone because of osteoporosis.


After an osteoporotic hip fracture:

  • 20% die within one year
  • 40% are unable to resume their daily activities


Available therapies can reduce the fracture risk by:

  • Hip fractures 51%
  • Single vertebra 47%
  • Multiple vertebrae 90%
  • All non-vertebral fractures 47%

 
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