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More than 5 million Australians (one in four) experience bladder or bowel control problems. Not only can incontinence cause embarrassment, shame and even depression - in 2010 the cost of incontinence to Australia’s economy was approximately $46.9 billion, or $9,014 per patient. Incontinence can affect anyone, but 80% of those living with incontinence are women. Despite this, men are less likely to seek help for their incontinence. Two-thirds of men refrain from discussing the issue with their general practitioner, and one-third delay anti-incontinence surgery for over five years.