Urology week 2022 – September 26 -30
Urology week is a European initiative run by the European Association of Urology (EAU). The Urology week aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis by taking blood in urine seriously, as this is often the first indicator of bladder cancer.
Worldwide, over 570,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer. In Europe, the disease affects around 200,000 people each year, making it the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer.
Europe has some of the highest incidence rates of bladder cancer worldwide. Yet, according to a new survey from the EAU, knowledge of the disease is still alarmingly low. The survey looked at the understanding of bladder cancer and its critical symptoms amongst European adults. It has shown that almost 60% of European adults are either unfamiliar with bladder cancer or do not know how serious it can be.
The most common symptoms are usually related to urine. They include blood in urine, changes in the colour of urine, pain when urinating and frequent urination. Blood and change in the colour of urine is usually the first sign of bladder cancer and should prompt an immediate visit to a doctor or healthcare professional. Raising awareness about these symptoms is essential as an early diagnosis of bladder cancer can significantly improve the treatment outcomes.
We invite you to reach out to your community and initiate the conversation about bladder cancer and urological health. Find some easy ways for you to get involved here.