Do you know your risk of breaking a bone? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, if you are 50 or older your chance of breaking a bone is 50 percent. If you’re a woman, you are twice as likely to suffer a break. Osteoporosis is serious, even deadly.

• A woman’s risk of fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.

• A man is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

• 24 percent of hip fracture patients age 50 and over die in the year following the fracture.
• Six months after a hip fracture, only 15 percent of patients can walk across a room unaided.

• Every year, of nearly 300,000 hip fracture patients, one-quarter end up in nursing homes and half never regain previous function.

Now that you know the statistics, what can you do to prevent osteoporosis and fractures? Your first step may be to attend RiverView’s Wednesday, March 27 health luncheon, “Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention’’. Osteoporosis is preventable and manageable. Learn how to improve your bone health from RiverView’s newest orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mark Ghaida.

Dr. Ghaida practices in Crookston and East Grand Forks. His interests are in sports medicine, shoulder and knee arthroscopy, soft tissue repair and ligament reconstruction, as well as hip and knee arthroplasty.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Dr. Ghaida received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed post-secondary education and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to complete additional training with a sports medicine fellowship and an adult reconstruction fellowship at the University of Alberta.

The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators.

The luncheon series is in its 21th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and lunch- eons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.