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National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)

UK BONE CHARITY WELCOMES GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WITH OSTEOPOROSIS

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is welcoming news of extra funding for bone density scanners, announced today (Monday April 4th) by the Department of Health.

“The announcement on funding for bone density (DXA) scanners is excellent news because the NOS has long campaigned about the patchy access to such scanners in the UK. This money will ensure that areas that still need to purchase DXA scanners will now be able to do so,” said NOS Chief Executive Terry Eccles.

DXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scanners measure bone density and are the ‘gold standard’ for diagnosing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis results in bones becoming so porous that they can break very easily. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of the fragile bone disease in the UK.

“The ongoing challenge for the NHS is to afford, recruit and train staff to ensure that new and existing scanners are used to their optimum capacity. Better provision will shorten waiting times which can only be good for patients because this will speed up their access to diagnosis and treatment,” added Terry.

However, it should be noted that this funding is only available for primary care trusts in England and the charity remains committed to campaigning to ensure DXA provision is of an equal standard across the UK.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact the NOS Communications team on 01761 473102 or email media@nos.org.uk

• Osteoporosis costs the government and NHS £1.7 billion annually, equivalent to £5 million per day.
• People at increased risk from the disease include women who have had an early menopause (before age 45) or with a history of anorexia, men and women treated with long-term or high dose corticosteroids, and those who have broken a bone after a minor bump or fall.

10.05.2005


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