The month of November is Osteoporosis Awareness Month and Osteoporosis Canada wants to work to focus public attention upon the importance of building strong bones for life through awareness and education.
Osteoporosis Awareness Month is a time we can come together to make bone health and osteoporosis a priority in the lives of all Canadians.
- Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and porous, decreasing bone strength and leading to increased risk of breaking a bone.
- · The most common sites of osteoporotic fracture are the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip.
- · No single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.
- · Osteoporosis can strike at any age.
- · Osteoporosis affects both men and women.
- · Osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent thief’ because bone loss occurs without symptoms unless one has fractured.
- At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.