Arch Hellen Med, 33(6), November-December 2016, 820-825
Assessment of osteoporosis as a latent public health priority for oncological patients
E. Papadopoulou,1 P. Xenophontos,1 P. Manolopoulos,2 G. Lavranos1,2
OBJECTIVE Study of the emergence of bone pathology as a latent health need in the population of cancer patients in Cyprus.
METHOD A pilot quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted with a casual sample of 107 oncological patients from the service of the Cyprus Anticancer Society nursing home and the Oncology Day Care Center of the Bank of Cyprus.
RESULTS A higher proportion of women had not undergone bone density testing, and women run a greater risk of fracture. The women had an average bone density of 13.04 (TA=12.3) and men 13.04 (TA=12.53).
CONCLUSIONS Health professionals play a critical role in the identification of patients with cancer who are at risk of bone loss. Reduction of the risk factors and prevention of fractures have a huge impact on the quality of life of these patients.
Key words: Bone health, Cyprus, Oncology patients.