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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