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Osteoporosis Expert Coming to Cayuga

SIMCOE, ON, JUNE 2, 2009 – On Monday June 8th, Dr. Rick Adachi, a leading international expert on osteoporosis will be speaking at a free public forum at Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga. Dr Adachi is the Director of the Canadian MultiCentre Osteoporosis study and also a professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. The talk will take place between 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Coach House on the grounds of the museum.

“More women die from complications from osteoporosis than from breast cancer. More men die from complications of osteoporosis than from prostate cancer. Yet, you will never see osteoporosis listed as the official cause of death on an obituary”, says Lisa Campbell, Area Manager for Osteoporosis Canada. “It doesn’t kill people on the day of the fracture, but at least 20 percent of women and 34 percent of men will die within one year of breaking their hip from osteoporosis.”

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that often escapes notice until a major event like a broken hip. It’s a disease characterized by low bone density causing fragile bones that have a tendency to fracture easily. Something as simple as bending down to pick up a bag of groceries is enough to cause fractures in people with osteoporosis.

There are approximately 30,000 hip fractures in Canada each year and 70% of hip fractures are due to osteoporosis. One of the biggest misconceptions is that osteoporosis is just a disease of normal aging and only affects little old women. In actual fact, this disease can strike anyone at any age, although it is most common in women after menopause and men after the age of sixty-five.

“Osteoporosis needn’t be a death sentence”, says Joanne Alessi, Injury Prevention Coordinator from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. “If diagnosed early, the disease can be very well managed and fractures can be prevented by up to 90%. That’s why it’s so important to learn about this disease and take appropriate action.”

Dr Adachi will be speaking about how osteoporosis can be detected, treated and managed successfully. Since February 2005, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care launched a province wide strategy aimed at osteoporosis. The overall goal of the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy is to reduce the incidence of low trauma fractures and re-fractures in people with osteoporosis. It is hoped that this strategy will directly lead to decreased illness and deaths due to osteoporosis and the associated costs of managing this important public health disease.

For more information contact:
Joanne Alessi, RN B.ScN,
Injury Prevention Coordinator,
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, at 905-318-5367 ext. 322