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2017 Archive

19 June 2017
 

World Continence Week

 
World Continence Week (WCW) is an annual initiative with the primary aim to raise awareness about incontinence related issues.
 
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. Incontinence is a sensitive condition that affects an estimated 400 million people across the world.  Historically, conditions affecting the bladder and bowel have often been uncomfortable or 'taboo' subjects and accordingly these medical disorders have been underreported and under-diagnosed. Surveys have shown that fewer than 40% of persons with urinary incontinence mention their problem to a doctor or nurse and this figure is even higher for those with bowel incontinence. These conditions have been inadequately treated and poorly addressed by medical professionals, despite the substantial impact on individual health, self-esteem and quality of life.
 
In light of this, WCW seeks to draw attention to and increase public awareness about these conditions and to give sufferers the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life.
 
Find out more about WCW at: www.wfip.org.
 
In support of this campaign, there will be information displays at the Aberdeen Health Village and at the Dr Gray's healthpoint from 19th-23rd June.  These are open to all.