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Always Better Workshops Address Female Incontinence, Prostate Cancer

Monday, March 19, 2007

Two free workshops are being offered in early April to help men and women understand diseases particular to their sex. On Monday, Apr. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., a workshop will explore symptoms and treatment options for women coping with overactive bladder and stress incontinence. Tuesday, Apr. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the topic will address the most common solid organ malignancy afflicting American men:  prostate cancer. Part of the ‘Always Better’ workshop series, both talks will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital, Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.

Robert Mayer, M.D., associate professor of urology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will use his years of experience as a physician specializing in female urinary incontinence issues to present The Bladder as a Nerve Masquerading as a Bag: Issues in Incontinence. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that approximately 13 million people in the United States suffer from overactive bladder and other forms of incontinence, significantly impacting their quality-of-life. While incontinence issues can equally effect women and men, research shows that women tend to experience symptoms much earlier in life (beginning in their mid-40s vs. mid-60s with men), and also experience a stronger, more consistent urge to urinate. Mayer will tailor his talk specifically to the issues faced by women.

Ganesh S. Palapattu, M.D., assistant professor of Urology and a physician of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, will lead an interactive discussion on the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer during his talk, Is Cure Possible in Whom it is Necessary, and is Cure Necessary in Whom it is Possible? Specific areas to be addressed include current thoughts on the origin of the disease, rationale for prevention, outcomes of large prevention trials, risk/benefits of localized therapy, and basic treatment option for advanced disease.

Both talks are part of the Always Better workshops, made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344. Free parking is available in the School of Medicine and Dentistry lot, off Elmwood, near intersection of Kendrick.

Over the past three years, the Rochester Continuing Studies and ‘Always Better’ programs have offered a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better programs, please log on to

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