Below is a press release from NIH that will be of interest to groups and men dealing with prostate cancer.
NIH State-of-the-Science Panel Seeks to Dispel Stigma Associated With Fecal and Urinary Incontinence
Open communication between patients and healthcare providers is key
An independent panel convened this week by the NIH found that fewer than half of individuals experiencing fecal or urinary incontinence — the inability to control bowel movements or urination, respectively — report their symptoms to healthcare providers without being prompted. The secrecy and distress surrounding these issues erode the quality of life for millions, and hamper scientific understanding and development of prevention and treatment strategies.
“It’s time to remove the stigma associated with urinary and fecal incontinence,” said C. Seth Landefeld, M.D., Director of the Center on Aging at the University of California San Francisco and chair of the conference panel. “More than one-fourth of Americans will experience incontinence at some point in their lives. We as a society need to get over our discomfort with this subject so that incontinence sufferers receive the compassion, acceptance, and care they need, and our aging population can take steps to prevent incontinence in the future.”
Removing the stigma was a key message of an NIH state-of-the-science conference, which concluded this morning. The panel’s full draft statement will be available later today at http://consensus.nih.gov. The statement includes recommendations for research studies to fill the major gaps in current knowledge that severely limit our ability to help people with these conditions.
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