It’s one of the most common conditions affecting Australian men and women, but when continence issues come up, few of us know where to turn.
That’s about to change, with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) hosting a Continence Call-In Day this Wednesday for World Continence Week (June 20-26).
Men impacted by prostate cancer can phone 1800 22 00 99 between 9am and 8pm (AEST) to speak with a PCFA specialist nurse.
PCFA General Manager Supportive Services, Bernie Riley, said around five million Australians have a form of incontinence.
“Providing people with access to affordable, reliable support and information on continence is key to community health,” Mr Riley said.
“It’s common for men to experience urinary and bowel problems after treatment for prostate cancer, but there are a range of ways to help manage these symptoms.
“Our nurses are experts in this field and can provide advice on treatment options and connect men to specialist support services.
“Treatment options will depend on the underlying cause, but once you are diagnosed, there are a number of avenues men can explore.”
PCFA CEO Anne Savage said over 230,000 men are living after a prostate cancer diagnosis in Australia.
“Prostate cancer accounts for more hospitalisations than any other type of cancer in Australia,” she said.
“With so many men impacted, it’s vital that we provide support for patients in the days, weeks, and months after their treatment, when the side-effects of their treatment can prove challenging.