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Discover if you're
at risk
of osteoporosis,
in just a few questions

THE BIG O - OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is a bone condition that affects 1.36 million Australians.1 If left untreated it can lead to loss of mobility.2 It’s often referred to as the silent disease because there are usually no symptoms until a person breaks or fractures a bone.3

Don’t wait for a fall to see if you have it. Osteoporosis is serious, but treatable.3 Ask your doctor about a bone density scan.

Are you at risk?

Osteoporosis often affects women over the age of 50, but men are at risk too. If you’ve broken a bone in a minor bump or fall, you could have osteoporosis.3 There are many factors that can increase your risk of osteoporosis; including, family history, low calcium or
vitamin D levels, having some chronic conditions and lifestyle.3

DIAGNOSIS IS QUICK AND PAINLESS

A bone density scan or a DEXA scan is a special type of X-ray that is used to diagnose osteoporosis and you may be eligible for a rebate.
Make an appointment and ask your doctor about a bone density scan.

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Make an appointment with your doctor, either in-person or by telehealth.

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If your doctor thinks you're at risk, have them organise a DEXA scan to measure your bone density.

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A typical X-ray may suffice if you’ve suffered a recent break.

What if I have osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is serious but it is treatable.3 Management of osteoporosis involves simple lifestyle changes and your doctor may recommend starting a prescription medication. Prescription medicines exist to help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fractures. 3

You screen for The Big C, now scan for The Big O - Osteoporosis.

You already get pap smears and mammograms, you should be getting bone density scans too.

Early diagnosis is important. A bone density scan is quick, painless and you could be eligible for a rebate.

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References:

  1. Watts JJ, et al. Osteoporosis costing all Australians - A new burden of disease analysis 2012 to 2022. Osteoporosis Australia, 2013.
  2. Cooper C. AM J Med 1997; 103:12S-17S.
  3. Osteoporosis Australia. What you need to know about osteoporosis. Consumer guide. 2017. www.osteoporosis.org.au. [Accessed 1 October 2020]
  4. Svensson HK, et al. Osteoporos Int  2016; 27:1729–36.
  5. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019. Cancer in Australia 2019. Cancer series no.119. Cat. no. CAN 123. Canberra: AIHW.

For further information talk to your doctor.
Disease education message by Amgen Australia.

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