More than 40,000 of the nearly 80,500 new cases of bladder cancer estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 will be found in smokers.
Adult Americans who have celebrated the experience of raising toddlers at any point in the last 40 years likely are familiar with Everyone Poops, the children’s classic from Taro Gomi about one of life’s more salient biological facts.
A book geared to an entirely different stage in life might well be titled, Everyone Pees.
Upon opening that book, the question becomes, for some of us, how much do we pee? Or more to the point, how much is too much?
Perhaps it’s best to illustrate the signs that a person is peeing too often by using a selection of everyday references. You’re peeing too often if:
These experiences may seem familiar, and even a bit funny. But it’s wise to take bladder control issues–our own or those of our loved ones — seriously.
Here’s another set of signals, expressed in doctor-speak. It’s time to see a urologist:
Sometimes friends or family notice before the patient does. Patients will tell their urologist, “My friends or co-workers make fun of how often I go to the bathroom,” or, “My spouse can’t sleep anymore because I’m getting up so often and I keep her (or him) awake.”
Here’s a word to the wise for anyone challenged by bladder control issues — Interstim. Interstim therapy is a treatment option that uses mild electrical impulses to modulate the nerves that control the bladder and nerves that control the muscles related to urination.
A patient is a candidate for Interstim therapy if he or she has frequent, sometimes uncontrollable urges to void that are not responsive to conservative therapy such as medication or behavioral changes.
Interstim therapy also is indicated for urinary retention in the absence of obstruction. Additionally, Interstim is indicated for bowel control in patients with fecal incontinence that has not been responsive to conservative management with medication, diet and behavioral changes.
The good news is that Interstim can improve incontinence symptoms, frequency and urgency, by greater than 50 percent without the side effects of medication.
If going to the bathroom is spooking you, there may be reasons beyond a potential illness.
The number of men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year could nearly populate the entire city of Fort Lauderdale. That image doesn’t exactly conjure a day at the beach. But it does have a silver lining, which is this: All men do have the ability to limit their risks and identify symptoms…