SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) recognized the Inland Empire Ostomy Association in honor of Ostomy Awareness Day.
An ostomy is a type of surgery that creates an opening (stoma) in the abdomen that allows for the removal of bodily waste when a person has lost the normal function of digestive or urinary systems due to birth defects, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other medical conditions.
Approximately 725,000 to 1 million Americans have an ostomy, with approximately 100,000 new ostomy procedures performed each year. Ostomy or continent diversion surgery can occur at any age and does not lower life expectancy. Through the efforts of United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc., (UOAA) and its over 300 Affiliated Support Groups, Americans needing these surgeries are becoming more aware of the opportunities for education, mutual aid, advocacy and support that are of such great benefit to them and their families.
“Public education and awareness is vital to ensure those who are living with an ostomy face no discrimination and are accepted as normal, healthy individuals,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “Through education and awareness we can erase the myths, stigma, and embarrassment that are sometimes associated with having an ostomy. That is why I am proud to honor the Inland Empire Ostomy Association and recognize October 5th, 2019 as ‘Ostomy Awareness Day.’”