06 September 2017
It is estimated that 1 in 2 people in the UK will be affected by a urological condition in their lifetime, yet they remain shrouded in secrecy and silence. Incontinence alone is estimated to affect a third of British adults, impacting on their quality of life and, in some cases, leading to depression, relationship problems or financial difficulties. It is no wonder then, that good urology health is vital to our quality of life.
Millions of us delay going to the doctor, either through embarrassment or simply because we are unaware of the symptoms to look out for. For example, a recent survey showed that 63% of men aged between 18 & 34 years old do not carry out regular scrotal self-examination, despite being the age group most at risk of testicular cancer. Throughout the month, key facts and stats like this will be highlighted to raise awareness of urology health.
By bringing the public focus on urology during September, The Urology Foundation hopes to break down the stigma and encourage people to actively take care of their urology health. We recognise that urological conditions may be difficult to discuss, but it is important because early detection can prevent further devastation.
This year’s campaign focuses on "quality of life", as well as containing an important message about vigilance and self-examination.
You can support Urology Awareness Month 2017 by getting involved in several ways:
Sign-up to the TUF Big 5 challenge
this is a month-long fundraiser for The Urology Foundation to help fund research into the big five urological cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney, penis and testicle). Pick your fundraising activity, decide to do it on your own or in a group and set a sponsorship target of £500;
Display Urology Awareness Month posters and leaflets
you can do this at your place of work, in your local community or hold a "Uro-Info Day" where people can find out more about urology health;
Offer to become a TUF speaker
and follow CEO Louise de Winter (pictured) in helping The Urology Foundation hold sessions around the country to educate groups of the public;
and retweet using the hashtags #UAM17 or #TUFBig5.
For more information on Urology Awareness Month, or to find out other ways you can get involved, visit The Urology Foundation website
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