Bone disease leads to fractures in about 1.5 million Americans each year. Here’s what you need to know.
- Most fractures in older adults result from osteoporosis, or thinning bone density. About 10 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis of the hip. Nearly 34 million have low bone mass that puts them at risk for osteoporosis.
- Race seems to matter. Older white, Asian and Hispanic women show a higher risk of osteoporosis. Black women have a lower risk. Although most common in women, osteoporosis strikes men, too.
- Other causes of bone disease are much rarer. Bone cancer accounts for less than 0.2 percent of all cancers. Paget’s disease, which causes bone deformity, affects just 1 million Americans. A genetic bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta, which causes bones to break for no apparent reason, affects 20,000 to 50,000 U.S. people.