How common is UI?
The Canadian Continence Foundation (CCF) estimates that 3.5 million Canadians experience UI. The Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey estimates that 16% of men and 33% of women over 40 have UI.
The size of the Canadian market is significant, with over 1.1 million male UI sufferers, of which approximately 270,000 have stress UI. CCF commissioned Incontinence: The Canadian Perspective and highlighted the following:
- UI affects an individual’s independence and ability to function in daily life; and
- Canadians with UI have more frequent visits to their physicians and spend more time in hospitals and nursing homes than those Canadians without UI.