NIDDK Launches Bowel Control Awareness Campaign
A new program to help patients and health care professionals feel more comfortable talking about bowel control problems is now available from the National Institutes of Health. Bowel control problems affect an estimated 18 million U.S. adults — 1 out of 12 people. People with bowel control problems are often reluctant to discuss the condition, even with their doctor. The Bowel Control Awareness Campaign and its Web resources raises awareness of bowel control problems, also known as fecal incontinence, and helps people find information to start the conversation. Other consumer health resources on bowel incontinence can be found on MedlinePlus.