When a 40-year-old woman has an annual examination, she can expect her
physician to recommend she begin having regular mammograms. When that same
woman reaches age 65, it is far less likely that her physician will advise
that she be screened for osteoporosis. Even if a woman has had a fracture,
she may not receive treatment.
“There is still a big gap out there between what many people think
is appropriate and what is actually happening,” said Ethel S. Siris,
MD, director of the Toni Stabile Center for the Prevention and Treatment of
Osteoporosis at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
Kuehn BM. Evidence-Based Guidelines Needed for Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment. JAMA. 2005;294(1):34. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.34
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