NHS Lewisham CCG encourages people to get informed during urology awareness month
Urology Awareness Month takes place throughout September, and is an opportunity to look at some of those overlooked yet common conditions that are often not spoken about.
The field of urology covers a broad range of health problems including incontinence, kidney stones and urinary tract infections as well as bladder, testicular and kidney cancers.
GP referrals for urological conditions have increased by 20% over the last twenty years, and the stigma around some symptoms means that many people go undiagnosed – despite the fact that 90% of urology patients can treat their conditions without surgery.
Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), stressed the importance of taking the first step in discussing their concerns with their GP: “As an example, urinary incontinence affects millions of people around the world and can very often be treated with basic lifestyle changes or simple exercises.”
“It is also important to bear in mind that certain urinary symptoms can indicate a more serious illness such as prostate, kidney or bladder cancer in which case an early diagnosis is preferable.”
For more information on Urology Awareness Month, visit www.theurologyfoundation.org
For information on your health, visit NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk