Bladder diseases include a range of conditions affecting the urinary bladder. These disorders can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, leading to discomfort, pain, and disruptions in daily activities. Common bladder diseases include interstitial cystitis, bladder cancer, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, and overactive bladder syndrome. For individuals coping with severe and prolonged bladder diseases, the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in Canada can offer crucial financial support.
Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB):
OAB is characterized by a sudden and involuntary urge to urinate, often leading to urinary incontinence. It can significantly impact daily life and is associated with factors such as age, weight, and neurological conditions. OAB prevalence increases with age, affecting both men and women.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS):
IC/BPS is a chronic condition involving bladder inflammation, leading to pelvic pain and a frequent urge to urinate. The prevalence of IC/BPS is not well-documented, but it is considered a significant bladder-related disorder in Canada. It can affect individuals of any age, gender, or background.
Bladder cancer is relatively common in Canada, especially among older adults. Risk factors include smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, and a family history of bladder cancer. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, changes in urinary habits, and pelvic pain.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH):
While not exclusive to the bladder, BPH is a common condition in aging men that can affect bladder function. The enlarged prostate can obstruct the urethra, leading to symptoms like frequent urination, urgency, and incomplete emptying of the bladder