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Date:5/14/2009

Education is the first step to help prevent broken bones."

After being exposed to educational information as part of the survey, an overwhelming majority of PMO respondents (72 percent) said they would make bone health more of a priority in their life and would even take action to more optimally manage their disease.

"Since four-out-of-five people with osteoporosis are women, it is important for women to prioritize their bone health," said Archelle Georgiou, MD., a member of the Society for Women's Health Research Board of Directors. "We are pleased to see that after learning about the risks of osteoporosis as part of the survey, many women reported that they would take action to make bone health more of a priority by speaking with their doctor, re-evaluating their bone density scores, and educating themselves and others."

In recognition of Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in May, the Council encourages women to seek information and to take charge of their osteoporosis by visiting KnowMyBones.com, a Web site that will grow over time and provide alerts and information about bone health and optimally managing osteoporosis.

About Osteoporosis

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis, often referred to as a "silent disease,"(2) is increasing in significance as the population of our nation both increases and ages.(3) The World Health Organization, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the U.S. Surgeon General have officially declared osteoporosis a public health crisis.(4) In fact, osteoporosis and associated fractures are a significant cause of mortality and morbidity.(5)

  • In the US today, nearly eight million women suffer from osteoporosis(6)
  • Almost 34 million Americans are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increas
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