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September is Urology Awareness Month

You may be aware that urology is defined as “the branch of medicine and physiology concerned with the function and disorders of the urinary system”.  This can encompass disease of the kidneys, bladder and prostate, including incontinence, impotence, infertility, cancer and reconstruction of the genito-urinary tract.  It caters for patients of both sexes and all ages, from new born infants to elderly pensioners. 

Urology medicine is at the forefront of medical science, having actually pioneered modern high tech, fibreoptic endoscopic techniques and being one of the first specialities to use keyhole surgery.

GP referrals for urology problems have increased by 20% over the last 20 years.  However only 10% to 12% actually need surgery to treat their condition, meaning almost 90% of patients refer to a urologist do not need surgery.

At Morgan Jones Pett we have dealt with a number of urology types of claim, from testicular cancer to vaginal mesh complications. 

With testicular cancer it is often a failure to detect the problem soon enough, hence the increase in advertising campaigns which have tried to encourage men in particular to regularly examine themselves. Our blog on the importance of men seeking medical advice if they are in anyway concerned about their health can be viewed here.

A GP should carry out an examination and a 14-day referral made onto the local hospital if necessary.

There are factors which can increase the risk of developing the disease:

  • Having undescended testicles; 
  • Having a close family relative with a history of testicular cancer or if they have an undescended testicle.

With swift diagnosis, the outlook is good for treatment and in fact has one of the best success rates for cure of all cancers. 

Sara Westwood’s blog on Stress Urinary Incontinence and the use of vaginal mesh can be viewed here.

Photo by Ken Treloar on Unsplash

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