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Having the “Gotta Go” Conversation: Get the Facts, Get Diagnosed and Take Control of Your Bladder Health

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 providing vital facts about common bladder health problems and encouraging the public to take an active role in managing their bladder health.

/EIN News/ -- A video accompanying this announcement is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e99aeff5-a97e-4ce7-b4d9-95ae78580ebb

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). 

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.  

“Awareness is critical when it comes to reducing the stigma associated with incontinence and other bladder health conditions and symptoms,” said Kathleen Kobashi, MD, FACS, Foundation spokesperson and head of the Section of Urology and Renal Transplantation at Virginia Mason Medical Center. “The work the Foundation, AUA and the Bladder Health Alliance partners are doing to empower a provider and a patient to have these important conversations during the month of November, and throughout the year, is a vital first step.”

For more information, visit www.UrologyHealth.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. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christine Frey
Corporate Communications Manager
American Urological Association 
cfrey@auanet.org
410.689.3731

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