LINTHICUM, Md., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Urology Care Foundation and the American Urological Association (AUA), together with the Bladder Health Alliance - a coalition of groups representing physicians, patients and veterans - are drawing on the month of November as a vital reminder to get the facts about common bladder health problems and to encourage the public to take an active role in managing their bladder health.
Each day, millions of Americans struggle with the impacts of bladder conditions and diseases such as urinary incontinence, overactive and underactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, nocturia, bladder cancer, urotrauma and neurogenic bladder. These can impact an individual's health, quality of life, and result in significant health costs (estimated to be more than $70 billion per year). "Bladder Health Month is a great time to focus on connecting, educating and empowering individuals to take control of their bladder health," said Richard A. Memo, MD, chair of the Urology Care Foundation. "Most Americans are still not yet talking to their healthcare provider about their bladder health symptoms because they are too embarrassed, but several bladder conditions can be treated through simple lifestyle changes, behavior modifications or diet and exercise." Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the sponsor of this National Health Observance, the Urology Care Foundation is the world's leading nonprofit urological health foundation and aims to support and improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urologic diseases through research and education. Utilizing the following weekly themes, the Foundation, AUA and organizations within the Bladder Health Alliance will work together to connect, educate and inspire women and men across the country to get the facts, get diagnosed and take control of their Bladder Health: