CAMBRIDGE -- On Jan. 15, Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department will offer bone density screenings for women age 40 and older at Community HealthLink, located at 1205 Clark St., in Cambridge, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The screening, which is a safe, painless and accurate procedure, detects decreases in bone mass. A decrease in bone density is an indicator of Osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease affecting 1 in 4 women. If detected early, it can be treated.

Participants should wear shoes and socks that can be easily removed. The screening will require participants to place one of their feet upon the machine that will be used for the procedure, which normally requires 5-10 minutes to complete. Chelsea Masters, Community Dietitian with Southeastern Med, will review the results for each individual.

The screening is only for women 40 and older who have not had a bone density screening within the last two years or have not been diagnosed with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. The cost of the screening is $10 per person and an appointment is required. Appointments can be made beginning Jan. 6 by calling 740-435-2946.