Women Leaders Call for Global Action on Osteoporosis

Jun 02, 2006, 01:00 ET from International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

    TORONTO, Canada, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine prominent women from
 around the world today called for action by government policy makers,
 health professionals and individuals to fight the silent epidemic of
     "We are here because osteoporosis is a major global problem and it is
 time to get people to stand up and speak out on this serious disease," said
 Justine Pasek, a speaker at the event, whose statement reflected the tone
 of the gathering. For complete texts from all the speakers see:
     The women were speaking at the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, held
 in conjunction with the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto.
     Moderator: Dr Marla Shapiro, Canada, associate professor University of
 Toronto, Family and Community Health, family physician, TV and print
     Australia: Maxine McKew, journalist, TV host, patron of Osteoporosis
     Canada : Maureen McTeer, medical law specialist, human rights advocate,
 author, patron of Osteoporosis Canada
     China: Alice Chiu, prominent philanthropist, founder and director,
 Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation, Hong Kong
     Italy: Lella Costa, theatre actress, osteoporosis advocate
     Panama: Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002, patron of Fundacion de
 Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas (Panama Osteoporosis
     United Kingdom: Baroness Julia Cumberlege, member House of Lords,
 former UK health minister, prominent osteoporosis advocate
     USA: Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist and former world champion in
 figure skating, TV sports analyst, osteoporosis advocate
     USA: Dr Ethel Siris, president of National Osteoporosis Foundation
 (USA), IOF Board member
     In their Call to Action, the women urged:
     Women and men worldwide to:
     - Engage in a "bone-friendly" lifestyle, including appropriate exercise
 programs, nutrition and attention to risk factors
     Health care professionals to:
     - Improve their knowledge about how their field of specialty relates to
     Government health officials to:
     - Recognize osteoporosis as a health priority
     - Pay for bone density scans for people with osteoporosis risk factors
 before the first fracture.
     - Pay for proven therapies for people with osteoporosis before the
 first fracture.
     Osteoporosis is one of the world's most prevalent and debilitating
 chronic diseases, affecting one out of three women over 50 worldwide, more
 than breast cancer.

SOURCE International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)