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

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed April 2013
Next review due in 2016/17
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Find general information about population health screening.

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


Age UK
British Geriatrics Society
The British Society for Rheumatology
Faculty of Public Health
National Osteoporosis Guideline Group
National Osteoporosis Society
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Radiologists
Society for Endocrinology

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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

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