UROLOGY FOR WOMEN
The goal of the Urology Care Foundation is to support and promote research, patient/public education and advocacy to improve the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of urologic diseases for men, women, and children. While urology seems to be most often focused on male health, an overwhelming number of women are also impacted by urologic diseases. Millions of women suffer in silence with debilitating urologic diseases and conditions, both malignant and benign, including kidney cancer, bladder cancer, chronic pain, interstitial cystitis, and various forms of incontinence. All of these conditions are identified as key priorities in our National Urology Research Agenda (NURA). The NURA provides the first comprehensive roadmap for urology research by identifying key areas that need to be addressed in order to advance progress for women, men, and children.
The Urology Care Foundation has undertaken the Urology for Women Initiative to bring a national focus to the unique needs of women who need to seek the attention of healthcare professionals, especially urologists. The Urology Care Foundation and its partners strive to provide the most up-to-date information on the urologic conditions listed below, by consistently developing new information and resources for patients, healthcare professionals, and the public, as clinical, research and other critical updates become available. Check out the links below to learn more about urologic conditions facing women today!
Bladder Cancer: Over 17,000 women are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.
Interstitial Cystitis: 80% of interstitial cystitis patients are women.
Kidney Cancer: African-American women are more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer than Caucasian-American women.
Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis): 7% of women will experience nephrolithiasis at some point in their lives.
Overactive Bladder: Millions of women experience overactive bladder starting in their 30s and 40s.
Stress Urinary Incontinence: 1 in 3 women live with SUI.