Rosie Cooper MP

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20/11/08 MP Rosie raises awareness of osteoporosis

WEST Lancashire’s MP, Rosie Cooper, underwent a fracture risk assessment in Parliament this week to raise awareness of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

Rosie Cooper MP with Dr Eugene McCloskey undertaking the FRAX fracture risk assessment

Rosie took part in the event organised by the All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group which saw her undergo an assessment called FRAX, developed by the World Health Organisation.

FRAX is a web-based tool which can evaluate the 10-year probability of suffering a hip and osteoporotic fracture based on answers to a simple online questionnaire.

The FRAX assessment only takes a few minutes to complete, and can help identify whether someone has a low risk of fracture, or whether they may require further assessment and monitoring or should be on treatment to increase their bone mineral density.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “Fractures can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, particularly the elderly who can loose their independence and their home following a debilitating hip fracture.

“It is vitally important that people with an increased risk of hip or osteoporotic fracture are getting the treatment they need to strengthen their bones and hopefully prevent a future fracture from ever occurring.

“The FRAX tool is a quick and easy way of predicting fracture risk. Anyone can do the test online by typing FRAX into Google and completing the online assessment. If you are worried about fractures or osteoporosis, or that a friend or family member may be at risk, you should visit your GP.”

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