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One break is enough to tell if someone is at risk
Did you know that 50% of people who experience a fragility fracture will go on to have another?
That’s right: half the people who suffer one fragility fracture can become trapped in the 'fracture cycle' – where one break leads to a second, more serious break, which in turn can escalate to a devastating and potentially life-threatening hip fracture.
We want to change this. We can break the fracture cycle. Please support us with a donation today
Unless caused by a trauma, such as a car accident, a broken wrist in someone over 50 should be a warning sign – a prompt to check for osteoporosis. Yet too many people are experiencing fracture after painful fracture before they are diagnosed.
By raising awareness of the condition, we can make sure that the first break is the last.
We believe in empowering people to ask their doctor about osteoporosis, and we want to make sure doctors know to assess the risk of osteoporosis after that first fracture. After all, once you know you have osteoporosis, you can take action to help prevent another fracture.
That’s why, in the coming months, we’re launching Stop at One — a UK-wide advertising and media campaign which aims to get the message out to those most at risk.
But we need your support. By donating today, you can help us develop this much-needed awareness-raising programme - helping thousands of people avoid a painful cycle of fractures – and drive improvements in diagnosis and care.
If we don’t act now, people with undiagnosed osteoporosis will continue to experience further fractures without knowing the cause. Please support us today and help us make sure that, for more people, the first break is the last.
One break is enough. Make it the last. Stop at One.
When Terry broke a bone aged only 54, her doctor didn’t check for osteoporosis. Six months later she returned to the surgery in agonising pain – her back was so sensitive that the only way she could sleep was sitting upright in a chair. X-rays revealed that Terry had fractured five vertebrae and lost an extraordinary three inches from her original height.
As a result of delayed diagnosis, Terry suffered unnecessary pain. She also had to take eight months off work and still has difficulty carrying out simple, everyday activities.
If we don’t raise awareness today, we will continue to hear devastating stories like this, where the signs of osteoporosis are ignored. Please support us today and help us spread the message through our Stop at One campaign.
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