Siena Women’s Health—Osteoporosis Education Draws 150 Community Members
The parking lot was packed to capacity at Stonebridge Golf Club on Friday, August 17, 2018—not full of golfers ready to take their next swing, but filled with community members eager to listen to newly appointed Medical Director of The Menopausal and Osteoporosis Programs at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center—Frank Bonura, MD, as he lectured on Understanding and Preventing Osteoporosis. The free community education event was sponsored by Siena Women’s Health—a specialized division of St. Catherine of Siena, and attended by more than 150 people.
“Osteoporosis fractures result in more deaths among men and women in the United States over breast cancer and prostate cancer,” said Dr. Bonura. The statistics shared at the event were alarming, but an opportunity for community members to learn the risk factors related to the unassuming disease. Risk factors include, age, those in menopause and family history, to name a few.
When it comes to preventing or treating osteoporosis, early screening is key. Therefore, questions like, who should go for a bone density screening were asked, with an instant response from Dr. Bonura. “Every women who is 65 and older; men 75 and older are eligible to be screened,” explained Bonura. However, those standards may be different should an individual present with other risk factors. Dr. Bonura implored that individual risk factors should be discussed with your physician for appropriate assessment and workup.
The question and answer educational format offered attendees the unique opportunity to engage in open dialogue—and the questions were many. “I feel like I should have worn my roller skates today,” said Dr. Bonura, as he moved from one end of the room to the other to answer questions. The packed room speaks to the need for increased awareness and education regarding women’s health, including Osteoporosis—a call Siena Women’s Health is happy to heed to, as preventing chronic diseases is a health priority for the hospital.
“We have never had a response for a community lecture to this magnitude—it tells us something—people want to take charge of their health—and they need guidance, “ said St. Catherine’s Director of Public Affairs Heather Reynolds. “We will continue to plan and coordinate free community health lectures, because being in the know is the first step to prevention.”
Siena Women’s Health is focused on the unique healthcare needs of women and their families. Experienced physicians and professional medical staff provide the following services: primary care, breast health, menopausal health, osteoporosis health, obstetrics and gynecology, weight loss, orthopedics, vascular and endovascular, and urology.
For more information about Siena Women’s Health and upcoming events, please call (631) 870-3444