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The NIDDK Bowel Control Awareness Campaign

If you, someone you know, or someone you treat has a bowel control problem, it can be hard to discuss. But talking about the problem is the first step toward management. So, let's talk about bowel control.

Bowel control problems, also called fecal incontinence, are

  • common
  • manageable
  • often treatable
  • not always a part of aging

On this website, you'll find information to help you start the conversation. Also included are steps people can take on their own that may help improve bowel control.

Griffin P. Rodgers

“Our findings indicate that fecal incontinence is a significant public health burden in the U.S.—affecting close to 10 percent of the adult population over 40 years old. The Bowel Control Awareness Campaign's main objective is raising public awareness of fecal incontinence to aid in prevention of incontinence and to improve the lives of men and women living with the condition.”

– Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director of the NIDDK

Page last updated August 27, 2014


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