Knowledge of urology health needs to raised. At some time in our life 1 in 2 of us will be affected by some sort of Urology Condition.
Unfortunately embarrassing situations can lead to anyone with symptoms not seeking advice early on. A problem such as incontinence can cause a person to feel awkward and self conscious and stop them from making an appointment. Ideally as knowledge is spread it is hoped that the stigma associated with many conditions is broken down and people feel they can talk about their diagnosis. Every hour 7 people are diagnosed with some form of urological cancer. To help raise awareness of all urological conditions September is urology awareness month.
What Does it affect?
How does it affect the kidneys?
When a kidney is not working properly waste products such as salts can build up inside the body and cause health problems. These can become serious or even life-threatening.
Kidney Problems – Kidney failure. kidney stones. Cancer. Glomerulonephritis. Nephrotic syndrome. 10,000 people per year are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the UK.
What can go wrong with the Bladder?
There are four main bladder conditions: Urinary Tract Infection, Cancer, Incontinence. and Interstitial cystitis.
Bladder cancer affects more than 10,600 people in the UK. If found early, bladder cancer has a 80% survival rate.
What can happen to the Prostate?
For the prostate there are main 3 conditions: Cancer, Benign prostatic hyperplasia, and Prostatitis.
Prostate Cancer is the most common urological cancer in the UK, on average 40,000 people are diagnosed every year.
Introducing the Male Reproductive Organs
Testicular cancer. Cancer of the penis. Phimosis. Testicular torsion. Infertility. Vasectomy. Erectile dysfunction. Priapism. Peyronie’s disease. Varicocele. Haematospermia. Hydrocele.
Understanding the Urogenital system – These are the parts of your body responsible for producing, storing and discharging urine (kidneys, bladder, urethra) and the parts of your body involved in sexual function (prostate, penis, and testicles).
Incontinence, kidney damage and prostate cancer are amongst the most common serious conditions in the UK.
Approximately 6 million people are affected by bladder incontinence in the UK. However, it is thought that 60% are too embarrassed to discuss their condition.
Please help raise awareness of this still little talked about and at times ignored conditions. Many patients get treatment at nurse lead clinics through the NHS. These clinics are very well run and organised, make people feel comfortable and give the opportunity to ask questions and understand their condition. If someone is diagnosed with a urological illness and they feel they need support or information, there are charities that do just that. Such as The Urology Foundation,
Through time I will be writing blog posts on more detailed conditions rather than a generalised awareness post.