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Published on 13 September 2017 by Mr Neil Halder, Urology Consultant, updated on 13 September 2017
September is Urology Awareness Month. Urology is the field in medicine that deals with the urinary tract such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate as well as the male reproductive organs.
Your bladder holds the urine made in your kidneys and tends to be one of those body parts that we don’t think about until it stops working properly.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urological condition in our lifetime. Our urology health is vital to our quality of life. Diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more common and can have a devastating impact on the quality of the life of millions of men, women and children in the UK.
Throughout this month we focus on raising awareness to breakdown stigma and encourage people to actively take care of their urology health. We recognise that urological conditions may be difficult to discuss, but it is important because early detection can prevent worsening of symptoms and in some cases allow treatment of a potentially life threatening cancer.
Incontinence alone is estimated to affect a third of British adults, impacting on their quality of life and, in some cases, leading to depression, relationship problems or financial difficulties. Sometimes simple pelvic floor exercises and diet can make a big difference.
Blood in the urine may be the first sign of a kidney or bladder cancer and should always be reported to your doctor straight away. Early detection and treatment by a Urologist can save lives.
All young men should carry out regular self examination of the testicles and not be shy or worried about reporting any lumps or changes to their GP. A simple scan may be all that is needed to rule out a testicular cancer.
Men who are having difficulty passing urine or getting up more frequently at night may only need a daily tablet to make a big difference in their quality of life but a Urologist may also need to rule out a prostate cancer.
Erectile dysfunction can often be easily treated with a tablet but may also be the first sign of diabetes or heart disease. Having a discussion with your GP who will be very used to dealing with this topic is always sensible...
Most importantly don't suffer in silence and don't wait until it's too late. If in doubt get it checked out!
Speak to your GP about a referral to see Mr Halder or call 0800 852 1234 for more information.