Quebec provides access to new treatment for women with postmenopausal osteoporosis

January 04, 2016

Osteoporosis could strike you or someone you love. It is a silent disease that affects nearly two million Canadians. A 50-year-old woman has a 40% chance of developing hip, vertebral or wrist fractures during her lifetime. Yet, despite the high prevalence of fractures, they are not appropriately assessed or treated, leaving osteoporosis undiagnosed and undertreated. These fractures have devastating health consequences including pain, decreased quality of life, loss of independence and even death. Preventing new fractures for those who have already had an osteoporotic fracture is Osteoporosis Canada's top priority. Osteoporosis Canada's new guidelines help physicians and patients better identify the risk of fracture, resulting in better fracture prevention and better management for Canadians that suffer from osteoporosis.

Some additional osteoporosis statistics:

One in four women and one in eight men over 50 have osteoporosis. Less than 40% of fracture patients in Canada currently undergo investigation or adequate treatment for osteoporosis. At least 80% of fractures in people 60+ are related to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes 70-90% of the 30,000 hip fractures than occur in Canada each year. Of the patients who fracture a hip, 23% die within the next year. The one in six lifetime risk of hip fracture is greater than the one in nine lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. One in four women who have a new vertebral fracture will fracture again within one year.