November is Osteoporosis Month: help spread the word!

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - OSTEOPOROSIS CANADA - November is Osteoporosis
Month, and Osteoporosis Canada volunteers and staff across the country are
getting ready to spread the word about osteoporosis. With this month's theme
of "Stand tall, speak out for your bones," we are hoping to engage all
Canadians to take charge of their bone health.

    Osteoporosis: the silent thief

    Osteoporosis is not just a woman's disease: in Canada, 1.4 million people
have it. In individuals aged 50 and older, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men will
have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass
and deterioration of bone tissue. This condition leads to greater bone
fragility and increases the risk of fractures, mainly in the hip, spine and
wrist. Osteoporosis is known as the silent thief because bone loss occurs
without symptoms.
    Osteoporosis Canada is committed to helping individuals reduce their risk
of developing osteoporosis and to ensuring all Canadians have access to
osteoporosis diagnosis and the best treatment for osteoporosis. Two components
 critical to achieving this goal are public access to bone mineral density
testing and access to medications. Osteoporosis Canada's first national Report
Card, due for release in November of this year, looks at how well Canadians
are able to access these two elements of osteoporosis care through the
publicly-funded health care system. Be sure to watch CTV's Canada AM on
Monday, November 24th for an exclusive launch of Osteoporosis Canada's Report
    We invite interested media members to help us spread the word: visit our
website's media room for a variety of press-ready material.

    About Osteoporosis Canada

    Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national
organization serving people who have, or are at risk of, osteoporosis. The
organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities
in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis by providing medically
accurate information to patients, health professionals and the public.
1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis. One in four women and at least
one in eight men over the age of 50 has osteoporosis. However, the disease can
strike at any age. The cost of treating osteoporosis and the fractures it
causes is estimated to be $1.3 billion each year in Canada alone. Long term,
hospital and chronic care account for the majority of these costs. A national
voluntary Board of Directors governs the organization. A Scientific Advisory
Council made up of medical and scientific experts from across the country
provides guidance in all medical matters.

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For further information: or to obtain a French version, visit: or call Kirk DeMatas, Communications Assistant, (416)
696-2663, ext. 290/1-800-463-6842

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