Pride prevailing over pee

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Almost half of people would put their lives at risk over embarrassment as evidence suggests talking about pee is too humiliating.

The recent survey also showed that 45% of respondents didn’t know what urology was- conditions that affect the body’s drainage system used to remove wee and also the male reproductive tract (testicles, duct system, glands and penis).

September is Urology Awareness Month, organised by The Urology Foundation, and as half of people will be affected by a urological condition in their lifetime, it’s time to flush away embarrassment and talk about pee. 

Urological conditions can include prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostrate, urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections.

The most common signs to spot and raise with your GP are:

  • Needing to pee more frequently and urgently 
  • Difficulty starting to pee 
  • Pain or burning sensation when peeing 
  • Feeling like you’ve not fully emptied your bladder 
  • Blood in pee 
  • Leaking when you sneeze, cough or laugh 
  • Lump or swelling in the testicle/ testicles

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Every hour 7 people are diagnosed with a urology cancer, and one in two people at some stage in their life will be affected by a urological disease.

“Knowing the signs and talking about changes to your pee early can make a real difference to a potential diagnosis- for example 84% of men survive prostate cancer when they spot the symptoms earlier.

“If you notice a change to your pee for a few days, don’t suffer in silence, see your GP.”

For more information about The Urology Foundation, visit

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