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Early Detection for OsteoporosisTo improve the lives of women, MemorialCare Medical Centers in Southern California offers early detection screenings for osteoporosis to help you live-long and stay healthy.
About OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility—leading to high susceptibility to fractures.
Women Are at Risk for OsteoporosisMen and women lose bone strength as they grow older, but women have higher risk for osteoporosis because they frequently have smaller, thinner frames. The risk for women increases greatly following menopause, with the decrease in bone-protecting estrogen. One in two women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis, yet nearly 80 percent remain undiagnosed because symptoms do not occur until much bone strength is lost.
Bone Density TestSince osteoporosis can occur without symptoms, and conventional X-rays don’t reveal the disease until 40 to 60 percent of a bone's mineral content is gone, the only way to measure bone loss is with a bone density test.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis Include: