Millions of Americans struggle with the impact of bladder ill-health every day in the US, a problem that costs the country more than $70 billion a year.1
Urinary incontinence, overactive and underactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, nocturia, bladder cancer, urotrauma and neurogenic bladder are all seriously detrimental to health and quality of life.1
What’s more, they can carry a stigma which makes it hard for people to talk about their problem or seek help.1 But advocacy groups across the USA are working to raise awareness of the issues, and make sure people get the support they need.
Here we present a summary of the articles published on Change Together that feature bladder health.
Promoting conversation between healthcare professionals and the patient advocacy community is a primary focus for the Urology Care Foundation (UCF). We take a closer look at the group’s work.
Jessica Bateman, Patient and Research Advocacy Manager at the Urology Care Foundation, talks about her group’s role leading the Bladder Health Alliance, the benefits of working together and plans for Bladder Health Month.
Christine Frey, Corporate Communications Manager at American Urological Association, talks about the importance of breaking the bladder health stigma.
Change Together spoke to Phyllis Greenberger, Senior Vice President for Science and Health Policy, and Heidi Rosvold-Brenholtz, Vice President for Strategic Engagement and Health Policy, at HealthyWomen about why the group has embraced health policy as part of its mission.
Scientists are closer to understanding the development of chronic bladder diseases which could lead to more effective medicines for patients. Change Together looks at the latest evidence.
Embarrassment, fear of talking to a doctor and misinformation stop people seeking help for symptoms of overactive bladder, according to urologist Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu. But shared decision making could be part of the solution.
A series of videos from BelowYourBelt hope to smash the taboo of talking about bladder health by addressing the “mother in the middle”. We find out more.
A bout of encephalitis – a swelling of the brain – caused by a mosquito bite resulted in Cheryl Stein developing overactive bladder. She shares her personal story with Change Together.
Astellas unveils Stop Stalling, a new initiative to generate awareness of overactive bladder and provide resources for people who may not recognize the symptoms or know about the potential for treatment.
Eighty-six per cent of women have peed somewhere other than a bathroom, and 20 per cent have gone behind a bush. These were among the startling findings from the Astellas Peehavior survey, part of the company’s Stop Stalling campaign.
- Urology Care Foundation. Get the facts, get diagnosed and take control of your bladder health. Available at http://www.urologyhealth.org/media-center/press-releases/november-is-bladder-health-awareness-month (accessed August 2018).