Linthicum, MD, Nov. 1, 2017 / PRNewswire-USNewswire – November is National Bladder Health Month and for a second year, the Urology Care Foundation, American Urological Association (AUA) and the Bladder Health Alliance – a coalition of groups representing physicians, patients and veterans – have teamed up to support Bladder Health Awareness Month. Designed to raise awareness about bladder conditions, encourage individuals to talk with their healthcare providers about the symptoms they are experiencing and to generate support for those affected by bladder health issues, this month-long awareness campaign was developed to increase an individual's focus on "Getting the Facts, Getting Diagnosed and Taking Control" of their Bladder Health.
Each day, millions of Americans struggle with the impacts of such bladder conditions and disease as urinary incontinence, overactive and underactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, nocturia, bedwetting, bladder cancer and neurogenic bladder. These conditions can have a significant impact on an individual's health and quality of life, and result in substantial health costs (estimated to be more than $70 billion per year).
"It's important for us to normalize the conversation about bladder health conditions," said Richard A. Memo, MD, Chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "Many people are too embarrassed to talk about their bladder health symptoms so they go unreported or untreated – they don't realize these symptoms and conditions can be controlled or corrected through simple lifestyle changes, behavior modifications or diet and exercise."
To support participation in Bladder Health Month, a number of downloadable resources – including fact sheets, posters, social media messages and patient brochures – are available from members of the Alliance on the Urology Care Foundation and AUA websites. Bladder health patients, caregivers, educators, urologists, healthcare professionals and other interested parties are encouraged to check the websites frequently for new resources as they are made available.
Additionally, the Foundation, AUA and organizations within the Bladder Health Alliance will use the following weekly themes to connect, educate and inspire people across the country to get the facts, get diagnosed and take control of their Bladder Health:
Week 1 (Nov. 1-4): Interstitial Cystitis and Neurogenic Bladder
Week 2 (Nov. 5-11): Bladder Infection/Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Week 3 (Nov. 12-18): Bladder Cancer
Week 4 (Nov. 19-25): Incontinence, OAB and SUI
Week 5 (Nov. 26-30): Nocturia and Bedwetting
The Urology Care Foundation has developed a web page with resources for the public, in addition to its Twitter (hashtag #NovBHealth), Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram platforms to disseminate this information for public use and dialogue.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized the Urology Care Foundation, as the official sponsor of this National Health Observance. The Foundation aims to support and improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urologic diseases through research and education.
For more information about bladder health, please contact the AUA Communications office by calling 410-689-3932 or sending email to communications@AUAnet.org.
About the Urology Care Foundation: The Urology Care Foundation is the world's leading nonprofit urological health foundation and the official foundation of the American Urological Association. We partner with physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, families and the public to support and improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urological diseases through research and education. The Urology Care Foundation has established one of the most dynamic, physician-led patient education programs in medicine today and prides itself on being the single largest repository for urologic patient education information that is medically approved and aligned to AUA Clinical Guidelines. To learn more about the Urology Care Foundation and its programs visit: www.UrologyHealth.org.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 22,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy. For more information visit: www.AUAnet.org.
Members of the Bladder Health Alliance: Alliance for Aging Research; American Geriatric Society's Health in Aging Foundation; American Urogynecologic Society; American Urological Association; Association for the Bladder Extrophy Community; Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support; Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network; Blue Thong Society; Chesapeake Urology Associates; HealthyWomen; International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health; Interstitial Cystitis Association; Men's Health Network; Multiple Sclerosis Association of America; Multiple Sclerosis Foundation; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; National Association for Continence; National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health; Simon Foundation for Continence; Society for Women's Health Research; Spina Bifida Association; SUFU - Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction; United Spinal Association; Urological Association of Physician Assistants; Urology Care Foundation; Veterans Health Council; Women's Health Foundation; and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN).