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Test for osteoporosis - available to staff for £20

15 Mar 2007

Get your bone density checked on 17 April

SPORT is hosting a day of bone density testing in the Well-Being Room on Tuesday 17 April. We expect this to be a very popular event so book early to secure a slot.

Why get your bone density checked?

  • Osteoporosis literally means "Porous Bones". It occurs when the rate of bone renewal does not match the rate of breakdown, eventually resulting in weak, brittle bones. Sufferers generally do not realise they have the condition until they break a bone, by which time it is too late for them to have the most effective treatment.
  • In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis; however, their condition is generally as a result of a lifetime's failure to take preventative action. In fact, the progression to osteoporosis generally begins in the early twenties.
  • More women die each year from osteoporosis than die from breast cancer. This is a frightening and unnecessary statistic for a condition that is both preventable and treatable.

SPORT is hosting a day of bone density screening and is pleased to offer staff this test at the reduced rate of £20 (normal prices range from £37.50 to £50 depending on the company). Payments should be made on the day by cash or cheque only.

Along with your results, you will receive an information pack and nutrition and lifestyle advice to enable you to safeguard yourself against the condition ensuring you have strong and healthy bones for life.

Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday 17 April 2007. If you would like to book a test, send an email, indicating your preferred time, to:

The appointment will take 10-15 minutes and results and advice are given immediately.

The test will take place in the Well-Being Room, Dover Street Building

If you have any questions specifically relating to the test, please call:

  • Tracey or Isobel on 07951 152172

Remember - osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease.