- Get a handle on urological health. Start by checking out this website, and following our links to other educational websites.
- Is there something that doesn’t feel quite right? The sooner you talk to your doctor, the sooner you may be able to have your mind put at rest.
- Being a non-smoker, or giving up, will reduce your risk of developing kidney or bladder cancer – as well as lessening your risk of lung cancer and heart disease.
- Are you bottling up a worry? Men can be experts at keeping their worries to themselves. But that’s what we have partners and pals for – to share our worries, and be there for us when we need them.
- Do you ever look at your urine when you take a pee? If you notice any traces of blood in it you should talk to your doctor about getting it checked out.
- Feel around your testicles at least once a month. Getting to know what’s normal for you will help you notice any changes.
- Make a mental check of how often you get up to go to the toilet in the night. This will help you notice if you begin to go more often – or if it becomes uncomfortable or difficult for you to pee.
- If you have a pain in your lower back around your kidneys, or around your testicles – and it doesn’t go away in a few days – you should be speaking to your doctor.
- Dads – are you encouraging your teenage son to get to know his equipment, from puberty onwards? Encourage him to know what’s normal for him and to feel comfortable discussing any worries.
Remember the earlier you talk to your doctor about any concerns, the earlier you can have tests. These will either put your mind at rest because there is nothing wrong, or – should tests reveal a problem – the earlier you can begin treatment and the more successful that will be.