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September is Urology Awareness Month so in this blog, we’re highlighting:
What is urological health?Urological health is the health of your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. These are the parts of your body responsible for producing, storing and getting rid of pee (urine).
For people with male sexual organs (prostate, penis and testicles), urological health also includes these functions.
How common are urological health problems? Very common – about half of us (1 in 2) will have a urological problem at some point in our lives.
Most urological problems are not cancer. But the symptoms of non-cancerous problems can be the same as the symptoms of cancer. If you have any of these, it’s important to get them checked by your GP.
What symptoms should I look out for? Our signs and symptoms card shows the most common symptoms of urological cancers, which are cancers of the:
What if I’m too embarrassed to talk to my GP? Many people find it hard to talk about the symptoms of urological problems. They involve parts of our bodies we consider private and don’t talk about much in everyday life. But health professionals, like your GP, are used to talking about these problems.
When urological problems are diagnosed early, they are often easier to treat. This includes urological cancers.
What can I do to prevent urological cancers?We don't know exactly what causes many cancers. But there are ways you can lower your risk and improve your general health:
Where can I get more information or support?You can call the Macmillan Support Line 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm on 0808 808 00 00 to talk to our nurses or cancer support specialists. Or if you don’t feel like talking, you can write or use our web chat function.For more information about all types of cancer, including urological cancers, visit our information and support pages on our website.
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I'm 58 and have Squamous cell carcinoma G2 T3,diagnosed this July.I have a long history of Interstitial Cystitis but in 2005 pre cancerous changes Keratinising Squamous metaplasia were found.Earlier this year I began to feel unwell and found I was having great difficulty passing urine.It was because this symptom was entirely new for me that I sought urgent help from urology.I appreciate that obstructive symptoms are rarer and that SCC is a rarer cancer but I find it odd that the bladder cancer sites do not mention partial retention/retention as a possible sign of cancer.My symptoms are urgency and frequency and severe pain when I can actually pass urine and partial retention the rest of the time.I have been up every hour and more each night since April,but have no visible blood in the urine.I am having a radical cystectomy next week as this is the only treatment option.Jane
I had exactly the same symptoms as you and was diagnosed with squamous cell bladder cancer on 1st March this year. I had the radical cystectomy on May 16th and am feeling brilliant. My only problem now is it had spread to lymph nodes so I am T2 N3. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any evidence of treatment that works so I'm undecided whether to go through chemo and radiotherapy if it doesn't work. I'm 63 and enjoying every day, I hope you can do too soon. Good luck with the operation, if I can be any support, please contact me. Sue
Hi Sue,I'm so pleased to hear that you are feeling well after your cystectomy.I am sorry that the cancer has spread.It is a worry if chemotherapy and radiotherapy don't work for this type of cancer.My surgeon said it doesn't respond to radiotherapy.I would love to stay in contact and find out how you are getting on.Did it take you long to recover from the cystectomy ? Best wishes.Jane
Hi Farrows and winkers60,
Thank you both for your comments.
As you know squamous cell carcinoma of the bladder is much rarer than urothelial bladder cancer and the treatment is different. I’m glad to read Sue, that you are feeling well after your surgery. Jane, I wish you all the best with your treatment.
If you’d like more information about squamous cell bladder cancer, you can contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00. Calls are free and the line is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. There are support groups in different parts of the UK for people with bladder cancer. You can find out more at Action Bladder Cancer UK.
Take care, Helen
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