LINTHICUM, MD, November 21, 2016 –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 114thCongress.
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.”
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).
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.
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. To learn more about the Urology Care Foundation and its programs visit: www.UrologyHealth.org.
Wendy Isett, AUA