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Run or Walk in support of Osteoporosis Canada

Register today for the Charity Challenge and participate in any of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) virtual events October 1 – 31. Anyone from across the country can participate. Use the registration link provided and start your training and fundraising today and help make Canadians unbreakable.

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Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. Known as the “silent thief”, bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without presenting any symptoms. Unfortunately, if detected at the time of a break, the disease is already fairly advanced. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder. Today, no single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.

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Recent News

  • Jack Hirsh Award Recipient

    Dr. Rick Adachi is the winner of the Jack Hirsh Award. This is the preeminent achievement award given by the McMaster Department of Medicine.

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  • Canadian Fracture Liaison Services Join the Capture the Fracture® Map of Best Practice

    The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and Osteoporosis Canada (OC) are pleased to announce the inclusion of 42 Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) from the Osteoporosis Canada FLS Registry on the Capture the Fracture® Map of Best Practice.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Osteoporosis Drug Therapy

    Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that, if you are at high risk of fracture, requires treatment with an osteoporosis medication. There is currently no evidence that osteoporosis medications increase the risk or the severity of COVID-19 infections.

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  • PHAC Report Highlights Huge Post-Fracture Care Gap

    Over 80% of all broken bones (fractures) after the age of 50 are caused by osteoporosis. These fractures cause pain and disability, which can be permanent. Some fractures, such as hip and spine, are also associated with an increased risk of dying.

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Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. We work to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. But we can’t do it alone.

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