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Why should people aged 60 and up get a bone density test?

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Strong bones are especially important for older people. The brittle bone disease osteoporosis makes you more likely to fracture your hip and other places, In turn, that raises your odds of permanent disability or even death. Women should have a bone density test at age 65. Your doctor may want to screen you earlier if you have risk factors for osteoporosis.

From: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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