LINTHICUM, Md., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Urological Association (AUA) and the Urology Care Foundation, together with the Bladder Health Alliance - a coalition of groups representing physicians, patients and veterans - today applauded the U.S. Senate for passing Senate Resolution 604, a measure supporting the designation of November 2016 as "National Bladder Health Month" in the United States. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in September. A companion measure, House Resolution 703, was also introduced during the 114 th Congress.
Millions of Americans suffer from a variety of bladder health conditions, including urinary incontinence, overactive and underactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, nocturia, bladder cancer, urotrauma and neurogenic bladder. These diseases impact health and quality of life, and result in significant health costs (estimated to be more than $70 billion per year). Medical and behavioral research to better understand and maintain bladder health and to treat bladder conditions is critically needed yet is underfunded compared to other health research. "As our members work in their communities to improve awareness of bladder health during the month of November, this action by the Senate further supports these efforts," said AUA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Jim Ulchaker. "We thank Senator Kirk for his work in helping us achieve national recognition for the conditions that affect millions of Americans."