Bladder Health Month


WHEREAS, 35 million Americans, including thousands of Virginians, are affected by bladder diseases and conditions; including urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, bladder cancer, urotrauma, and neurogenic bladder; and

WHEREAS, bladder diseases and conditions have a significant impact on individuals health and quality of life, contributing to depression, social isolation, lower self-esteem, hospitalization, nursing home admission, and death; and

WHEREAS, a significant number of military service members injured in Afghanistan and Iraq have urotrauma injuries, which can be physically and psychologically debilitating; and

WHEREAS,the need for increased medical and behavioral research to better understand and maintain bladder health and treat bladder diseases is critical; and

WHEREAS, awareness and education can reduce stigmatization and empower providers and patients to have a much-needed conversations about bladder health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2016 as BLADDER HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.