STIGMA around certain conditions prevent people with symptoms from getting early treatment.
A survey by The Urology Foundation found 70 per cent of men do not know which age they should be tested for prostate cancer and one in five aged 18 to 24 have checked their testicles for lumps in the past year.
As part of Urology Awareness Month, which is running now, the charity is hoping to increase awareness about conditions like incontinence, erectile dysfunction and changes to testicles.
Daniel Wilby, a consultant urologist at Spire Portsmouth Hospital, in Havant, said: ‘Cancers such as prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular can be potentially lethal – but can 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 and so it is important not to suffer in silence or be embarrassed.’