Urology Awareness Month to challenge stigma around conditions
STIGMA around certain conditions prevent people with symptoms from getting early treatment.
A survey by The Urology Foundation foundÂ 70 per centÂ of menÂ do not knowÂ which age they should be tested for prostate cancer andÂ one in five aged 18 to 24 have checked their testicles for lumps in the past year.
As part ofÂ Urology Awareness Month, which is running now,Â the charity is hoping to increaseÂ awareness aboutÂ conditions likeÂ incontinence, erectile dysfunction andÂ changes toÂ testicles.
Daniel Wilby, a consultant urologist at Spire Portsmouth Hospital, in Havant, said: '˜Cancers such as prostate, bladder, kidney andÂ testicularÂ can be potentially lethal '“ but canÂ be successfully treated if diagnosed early.
'˜However, common conditions such as incontinence or urinary tract infections can also have a negative impact on quality of life andÂ so it is important not to suffer in silence or be embarrassed.'