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Rep. Engel Introduces Resolution To Recognize November as "National Bladder Health Month"

Rep. Engel Introduces Resolution To Recognize November as "National Bladder Health Month"

Washington D.C.-Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, has introduced H. Res. 703, a resolution to recognize November as “National Bladder Health Month.”

“Tens of millions of Americans live with bladder conditions and diseases,” Congressman Engel said. “These heavily stigmatized ailments have a major impact on both health and quality of life. They’ve been linked to depression, decreased physical activity, hospitalizations – the list goes on. It is vitally important that we discuss these serious conditions without shame, and that we invest in the research needed to better understand and treat the bladder conditions that plague so many Americans.”

“Awareness is key when it comes to reducing the stigma of bladder conditions and empowering providers and patients to discuss bladder health,” said Dr. Jim Ulchaker, chair of the American Urological Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee. “Rep. Engel’s introduction of this resolution is a critical first step in this process. We look forward to working with lawmakers on this initiative.”

Background:

Bladder conditions and disease include bladder cancer, urinary incontinence, overactive and underactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, and other ailments. These conditions have a significant impact on veterans: more than 1 in 10 military service members injured in Afghanistan and Iraq have urotrauma injuries, and bladder cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System patients. In addition, bladder ailments are estimated to cost the U.S. economy more than $70,000,000 each year. 

H. Res. 703 is supported by the American Urological Association, the Urology Care Foundation and the Bladder Health Alliance.