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Osteoporosis

The UK NSC policy on Osteoporosis screening in women after the menopause

Policy

 
Type Adult
Last review completed April 2013
Next review due in 2016/17
Policy recommendation     Systematic population screening programme not recommended
 

Screening in postmenopasual women is not recommended.

 
Key downloads Last external review
 

What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process

More about Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak. Approximately three million people in the UK have osteoporosis, and there are over 230,000 fractures every year as a result. Osteoporosis happens more commonly in old age when the body becomes less able to replace worn-out bone. Special cells within the bones, called living bone cells, are no longer able to break down old bone and renew it with healthy, dense new bone.

» Read more about osteoporosis on NHS Choices

Policy stakeholders

Age UK
British Geriatrics Society
The British Society for Rheumatology
National Osteoporosis Guideline Group
National Osteoporosis Society
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Radiologists
Society for Endocrinology

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

Related documents

icon Summary and consultation responses for screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (PDF document, 533KB, 19/04/13)

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