Urologists in Walsall are highlighting symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored and raising awareness about the work they do as part of Urology Week.
Staff from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have an information stand from 10am to 3pm today by Costa Coffee in the Manor Hospital and want people to stop by for advice and support or to ask questions. Consultants, including new locum urologist Mr Malek Chanawani who is with the Trust for 12 months to support the team, will be available between 1pm and 2pm at the stand.
The Trust’s Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Suresh Ganta said Urology Week is a European Association of Urology initiative bringing together national urological societies, urology practitioners, urology nurses, patients, their families, and politicians to create awareness of urological conditions among the general public.
“It is the perfect opportunity to help people living in Walsall find out more about the work we do while acting as a timely reminder to them to make sure they know the signs and symptoms that could indicate a problem,” Mr Ganta explained.
Urologists specialise in the genitourinary tract—the kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, urethra and male reproductive organs—and male fertility. Urologists are also trained in the surgical and medical treatment of diseases that affect these organs.
These symptoms suggest a problem in the urinary tract:
- blood in your urine
- a frequent or urgent need to urinate
- pain in your lower back, pelvis, or sides
- pain or burning during urination
- trouble urinating
- urine leakage
- weak urine flow (dribbling)
Men should also be concerned if they experience:
- a decreased sexual desire
- a lump in the testicle
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
Mr Ganta said: “After working in urology for many years I understand that men and women can often feel embarrassed talking to their GP about problems connected to this particular area of their bodies. I also appreciate that some are anxious and frightened and fear they will be given a cancer diagnosis.
“These symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer but it is important to get them checked out. Often people have been putting up with terrible discomfort and it has affected their quality of life and stopped them doing the things they enjoy. We have been able to remedy their condition and they wish they’d asked for help sooner.
“If a cancer diagnosis does occur it’s so important to remember that early diagnosis increases the chance of patients’ survival so it is vital that people seek help if they have any symptoms.
“For those diagnosed at the earliest stage (stage 1) the likelihood of surviving five years or more can be as high as 84% for kidney cancer and 77% for bladder cancer. For those diagnosed at a late stage (stage 4), survival is as low as 10% for kidney cancer and 9% for bladder cancer which is a stark difference.”
Visitors to today’s stand are also invited to have a cake and make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.