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UCB highlights commitment to osteoporosis awareness

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    World Osteoporosis Day is an annual event which takes place on October 20th. It marks the start of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a condition which weakens bones over time, making them thinner and more likely to break; even a fall from standing height can lead to a broken bone. It is a major public health concern, estimated to affect  more than 200 million people worldwide1-3 and yet, osteoporosis is severely underdiagnosed. In fact, 80 percent of people who have had at least one osteoporotic fracture are neither identified nor treated for this potentially life-altering disease, 4 which consequently leaves them at increased risk of a future fracture.

    In the lead up to World Osteoporosis Day, UCB has been showcasing its commitment to a world free of fragility fractures with a range of events at its head office and local UCB offices. UCB employees have been showing their commitment to making fracture prevention a global health priority by signing the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) Global Patient Charter, which calls for the right to timely and accurate assessment of fracture risk and diagnosis of osteoporosis, increased access to effective intervention options and support from healthcare providers, to ensure that patients can live active and independent lives.

    UCB colleagues have also developed a series of videos around the impact of osteoporosis on people’s lives. Click here to watch Fiona De Hemptinne speak about why it is so important to improve understanding around osteoporosis.

    To learn more about World Osteoporosis Day, visit the website at www.worldosteoporosisday.org. If you would like to sign the IOF Global Patient Charter, please click here.

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