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Oswego Health Provides Free Screenings at Red Creek Health Fair

Pictured is Oswego Health Director of Medical Imaging Kevin Kain as he conducts a bone density screening on Donna Graham, of Wolcott.
Pictured is Oswego Health Director of Medical Imaging Kevin Kain as he conducts a bone density screening on Donna Graham, of Wolcott.

Staff from Oswego Health provided free health screenings and educational materials at the recent Red Creek Health Fair. In addition, those attending the health fair could learn more about the many programs and services offered by the health system.

Among the free screening was a non-invasive bone density test that can detect those at risk for osteoporosis, which can cause bone fractures. Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).

“Women should get a baseline screening done at age 50,” Kain said. “One out of four women will develop osteoporosis sometime during their lifetime. To help those women diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are new drugs that can be prescribed that can build back calcium levels.”

According to Kain, Caucasian women are at greater risk to get the disease when compared to other ethnic groups. Asian women are also at greater risk. Other contributing factors include family history of the disease, those who smoke, or have a slight build, as well as individuals with an inactive lifestyle.

It is estimated that some ten million Americans have the disease. The NOF said osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms. People may not know they have it until their bones become weak and a sudden strain, bump or fall causes a fracture.