Wee Tests!

This company is offering home urine tests: www.wetestonline.com

It’s cheaper than a doctor’s visit. Useful if you have some concerns about your wee and it’s difficult for you to get to doctor.

However we must stress, if you notice a change in your urine, especially pink or red urine ….. GET TO A DOCTOR.

Environmental and Occupational Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer – A BCAN Patient Insight Webinar

Smoking tobacco is a well-established risk factor for bladder cancer. Yet so many BCAN patients have never smoked. What are the other factors that influence risk of this disease? And, can any of them be avoided?

In this webinar, Dr. Debra Silverman, Chief of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute, will share the latest science linking bladder cancer with exposure to a range of occupational and environmental carcinogens. Dr. Silverman will concentrate much of her talk on exposure to water pollutants and bladder cancer – a focus of her recent research.

Brief reflections and remarks regarding what this evidence means for advancing bladder cancer prevention efforts will be offered by Lynn Thorp, National Campaign Director at Clean Water Action and Dr. Polly Hoppin, Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Department of Public Health and on the Leadership Council of the Cancer Free Economy Network

Register for the free webinar.

A link to view the recorded program will be sent to all who are registered for the program after the program concludes.

Tue, Jul 24th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

This is the registration link. Please feel free to share!

Flying our Aussie Flag at BCAN’s 2018 Think Tank in Denver, Colorado

Only a few weeks to go until our ever-passionate board member and patient advocate, Dr Stephanie Demkiw, heads to Colorado to collaborate with BCAN in their annual ‘Think Tank’. This scientific assembly is the premier bladder cancer-specific medical meeting in North America and brings together some of the top medical and scientific minds in bladder cancer.

Since its inception in 2006, the Think Tank meeting has focused on identifying obstacles and creating solutions in bladder cancer research, and has fostered discussions to help define priorities for advancing such research, across the bladder cancer spectrum.

Invited participants include urologists, oncologists, researchers, pathologists, social scientists and patient advocates, all with a shared focus – dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.

BladderCancer.org.au would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made such generous donations in order to get our Australian voice on the international map!

Highlight on Urology Nurses

Bladder Cancer patients know only too well, the value of specialist nurses who understands stomas, neo bladders, continence issues, ED treatments and all the trials that are associated with bladder cancer.  Kath Schubach is Vice President of Australia & New Zealand Urology Nurses Society (ANZUNS) and also with the Victorian state chapter, VUNS.

Kath says:  “Accurate and evidenced based information is extremely important for bladder cancer patients in all aspects of their care. Nurse’s play a pivotal role in providing patients with this information.”

How do we help nurses remain current in their practice?

Most urology nurses are members of their local Urological Societies. Each society provides its members with access to ongoing education, seminars, and support to attend annual scientific meetings and professional development. This provides opportunity for collaboration and sharing information with our peers and medical colleagues. It also provides us with a direct membership to the Australia and New Zealand Urology Nurses Society (ANZUNS).

Did you know the Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society (ANZUNS) is the peak professional organisation for urology nursing in Australia and New Zealand? The aim of ANZUNS is to promote excellence in urological nursing through research, education & mentoring. I encourage you to access this website and search to see what your local urology society is achieving.

You can contact ANZUNS at www.anzuns.org or by emailing anzunspresident16@gmail.com

Our booklet endorsed by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Bladder Cancer – Solving The Puzzle booklet is endorsed by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) – August 2017

Further to your letter of 3 April 2017 …. seeking endorsement of the Bladder Cancer Booklet produced by the Bladder Cancer Australia Charity Foundation, the Board referred it to the Genitourinary Special Advisory Group for review of the scientific aspects. The SAG recently reported back that they had no concerns about the contents and felt it would be a useful resource.

The USANZ Board endorsed the booklet and approved the use of the USANZ logo and the establishment of reciprocal links through the bladdercancer.org.au website.

Congratulations to the Foundation on this initiative.


Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand