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Osteoporosis group opens S’pore arm

IT IS a misconception held by many healthcare professionals and patients alike that osteoporosis is a natural process of ageing and should not be taken seriously.

And that is a fallacy the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), which set up its first regional office in Southeast Asia here, wants to correct.

Said the foundation’s president John Kanis: ‘Worldwide, 80 per cent of women who sustain an osteoporotic fracture do not receive treatment.

‘There is an enormous lack of awareness, even amongst healthcare professionals. In our daily work, and in developing strong regional structures, we aim to generate greater awareness of this disease.’

On Wednesday, the IOF, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis, a disease associated with bone loss, was officially launched at its office at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

Professor Kanis said Singapore was chosen because healthcare services and infrastructure are well-developed here.

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