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Epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture 

Epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture
Epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture

Mark Edwards

, Cyrus Cooper

, and Elaine Dennison

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date: 23 January 2021

Common fracture sites include the proximal femur, vertebrae, and distal radius, though there is a heightened risk of almost all fractures with low bone density.

Osteoporotic fragility fractures have devastating health consequences through their association with increased mortality and morbidity and are consequently a considerable burden to the health care system.

In white women, the one-in-six lifetime risk of hip fracture is greater than the one-in-nine risk of developing breast cancer.

The annual cost to the health care system in the UK has been estimated at 1.7 billion pounds.

Predictions of an increase in hip fracture incidence to 6.26 million in 2050 have been made, largely as a result of demographic changes in the population.

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