(By Senators Walker, Minear, Macnaughtan, Chafin and Kimble)

Declaring that Tuesday, February 27, 1996, be designated as Osteoporosis Awareness Day.

Whereas, Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease, is a major public health problem that poses a threat to the health and quality of life to as many as twenty-five million Americans; and
Whereas, The one and a half million fractures each year that result from osteoporosis cause pain, disability, immobility and social isolation, affecting quality of life and threatening people's ability to live independently; and
Whereas, Because osteoporosis progresses silently and without sensation over many years, and many cases remain undiagnosed, its first symptom is often a fracture, typically of the hip, spine or wrist; and
Whereas, One of two women and one of five men will suffer an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime; and
Whereas, A womans' risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer; and
Whereas, The annual direct and indirect costs of osteoporosis to the health care system were estimated to be as high as eighteen billion dollars in 1993 and are expected to reach sixty to eighty billion dollars by the year 2020; and
Whereas, Since osteoporosis progresses silently and currently has no cure, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing the prevalence of and devastation from this disease; and
Whereas, Although there exists a large quantity of public information about osteoporosis, it remains inadequately disseminated and not tailored to meet the needs of specific population groups; and
Whereas, Most people, including physicians, health care providers and government agencies, continue to lack knowledge in the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease; and
Whereas, Experts in the field of osteoporosis believe that with greater awareness of the value of prevention among medical experts, service providers and the public, osteoporosis will be preventable and treatable in the future, thereby reducing the costs of long-term care; and
Whereas, Osteoporosis is a multigenerational issue because building strong bones during youth and preserving them during adulthood may prevent fractures in later life; and
Whereas, Educating the public and health care community throughout the state about this potentially devastating disease is a paramount importance and is in every respect in the public interest and to the benefit of all residents of the state of West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That February 27, 1996, be designated as Osteoporosis Awareness Day in the state of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the West Virginia Senate encourages all citizens to educate themselves about this potentially devastating disease in the hope of preventing as many cases as possible in the future and in the hopes that greater awareness will result in the development of a cure; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the governor.