September marks the beginning of Urology Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness for urological diseases and pushing for an increase in research and treatment with these diseases that have impacted more than 30 million Americans.
Urological conditions occur as infections in the urinary tract, creating kidney stones, prostate diseases, and bladder control problems. While some are only temporary conditions, others can last for an extended period of time.
The Most Common Urological Diseases
- Urinary incontinence or the loss of bladder control: This is probably the most common issue people face today, with more than 14 million cases in the United States alone. There are a few reasons why someone might develop this type of disease, such as diabetes, pregnancy or childbirth, UTIs, and multiple sclerosis.
- Kidney stones: Inside your kidney, you have a balance of crystal-forming substances and fluid. When there ends up being more substance than liquid, the crystals form together more efficiently and create stones inside your kidney.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs occur when pathogenic bacteria or viruses make their way into your urinary tract. This infection is more common in women, affecting about 40% of females. However, about 12% of men can get them as well.
- Prostate cancer: This cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, attacking the prostate gland and affecting over 3 million U.S. citizens today. It’s essential to know your family history and visit your healthcare provider often as you get older to check for this disease’s signs and symptoms.
- Bladder cancer: This cancer begins in the bladder, usually affecting older adults. While not as common, it still is very treatable as long as it is caught early.
If you experience any of these symptoms persistently or are concerned about your health, speak with your doctor. Early detection is always crucial in treating cancer.
How To Prevent Urological Diseases
While some are more easily treatable than others, it’s still important to take the necessary measures to prevent any urological disease.
- Drink lots of water
- Limit your salt and caffeine consumption
- Quit smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Urinate when you need to, don’t hold it in for too long
- Prevent injuries during sports with proper protective gear
- Limit the amount of fluid you drink at night
About New York Health
The NY Health Center for Urology features board-certified urologists in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Suffolk County, treating a wide range of urological conditions. Our team of experts work to ensure you get the best personalized and effective treatment as possible. We continuously strive to deliver the best medical care possible with your well being in mind.