Take care of your health down under – and we don’t mean Australia

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Half of the population will be hit with a problem down under in their life, yet the topic of urology health is often one many people are embarrassed to talk about. So, we are encouraging residents to take care of their urology health ahead of Urology Awareness Month.  

Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on the urinary tract and the male genital organs. Urology health is vital to a person’s quality of life. Urology diseases relate to the urinary system and male reproductive organs. They include cancers such as bladder, prostate, kidney, and testicular. It also includes incontinence, kidney stones, male infertility, and many other debilitating diseases.

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “Catching a urology disease early is the best way to prevent it from becoming more serious, but the stigma around urology problems means that many people go undiagnosed. So, we are urging everyone to spot the signs and take action. The signs to look out for include lumps  bumps, painful and uncomfortable swellings in the groin and genital area, aches in the groin or lower back, blood in your urine (pee).

“Clearly, men and women can often feel embarrassed talking to their GP about problems connected to this particular area of their bodies. Symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer but it is important to get them checked out. Even if a cancer diagnosis does occur it’s so important to remember that early diagnosis increases the chance of a patient’s’ survival and in many cases, cure. So, it is vital that people seek help if they have any symptoms.”

Urology Awareness Month, which takes place this September, is being organised by The Urology Foundation, the only charity in the UK that tackles all urology diseases. The celebrity Stephen Fry is a keen supporter and has shared a very frank account of his encounter with prostate cancer in a special video which can be seen at https://youtu.be/9yDNAc8YS9c

Diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK. For example, if testicular cancer is caught early enough, it has a 99% survival rate. Meanwhile, prostate cancer is only at its most deadly when it has had time to spread to the bone.

For more information about Urology Awareness Month visit https://bit.ly/2xHX9Ul