Alarmingly low awareness of urology across Europe

Fundamental lack of knowledge of urology.


A new international survey conducted by the European Association of Urology suggests that public awareness of urological conditions is alarmingly low awareness of urology throughout Europe. This low level indicates particular concern as urological conditions are on a rise due to the aging European population.

Prof. Hein Van Poppel, urologist and Adjunct Secretary General of the EAU said, “The results of our latest survey clearly demonstrate that people are ill-informed when it comes to urological conditions. Men, in particular, have less knowledge than women and turn a blind eye to symptoms and early diagnosis. Persuading men to take their health seriously presents a serious challenge. They need to have a better understanding of the risk and symptoms of their conditions. They should be encouraged to seek support from a medical professional if they suspect anything unusual.”

Consequences of another universal survey of in excess of 2,500 responders from 5 nations demonstrate that women know more about men’s medical problems than men do. Moreover, men have poor knowledge of key urological symptoms and don’t take early indications of conceivably perilous urological conditions genuinely.

40% of respondents were unable to identify what a urologist does, 10% stated that they had never even heard of a urologist and almost 15% believe that a urologist treats disorders of the skeletal, nervous or circulatory systems.

Consistently, just about 450,000 men over the continent will be determined to have prostate cancer prompting 92,000 passings in Europe2. In spite of prostate malignancy being the most widely recognized disease in males all through Europe, seventy-five percent of men conceded that they have restricted learning of its symptoms. Men are, truth be told, more sure about perceiving the indications of breast cancer (31%) than they are of prostate growth (27%).

Erectile Dysfunction and Incontinence Still Taboos

Erectile dysfunction (ED) predominance in Europe is evaluated at 50%3 of the sexually active men of 50 years and more seasoned. Be that as it may, the subject remains an unthinkable prompting misconception and ignorance. 75% of the respondents didn’t know about the quantities of men that experience the ill effects of erectile dysfunction in their nation. Thus, 85% were ignorant of the measure of individuals in their nation that experience the ill effects of urinary tract issues.

Prof. Van Poppel said, “Men’s health issues involve partners too. Women are more used to checking their bodies. They should encourage men to do the same and discuss their health more in detail. Women should actively participate in conversations with their male partners and doctors.”

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles (testes), which are located inside the scrotum. Compared with other types of cancer, testicular cancer is rare. But the survey suggests that 18% of male respondents knew that men aged 16 to 44 years have the highest risk.

Symptom awareness is recognized as a leading factor in the early diagnosis of urological conditions. The majority of deaths in male cancers occur because most men do not address their conditions in time. Despite this, they continue to ignore their symptoms and delay seeing their doctors.

The survey reveals that 43% of people would not go to their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their urine; 23% would wait longer than a month if they suffered a frequent urge to urinate; 28% would wait for more than a week if they suffered burning or pain during urination; and only 17% of people surveyed associate pain in their lower abdomen with a serious problem.

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