#UrologyWeek 2015 – Urology in the spotlight

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 12:09 AM| no comments

Highlighting a variety of urological conditions, WebsEdge/Health is joining the conversation online for #UrologyWeek by sharing some of the highlights captured for EAU TV at the 2015 European Association of Urology’s (EAU) annual congress. Reaching a more global audience, the 2015 message for #UrologyWeek will focus on Bladder, Prostate and Kidney Cancer.

Whilst prostate cancer awareness has increased, still many people do not know the facts about these types of cancer:

•             Kidney Cancer: Every year, nearly 8,500 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer, and more than 3,500 people die from the disease. It affects twice as many men as women and is most common in middle-aged and older people.

•             Bladder cancer mostly affects people who are over 50 and is twice as likely to occur in men as in women. In the UK, over 10,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed each year, making it the fourth most common cancer in men and the 12th most common in women

•             Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in most developed countries. The lifetime risk of prostate cancer in men in Europe and North America is about 30%. While prostate cancer is distressing and potentially fatal if left untreated, only around 3% die from the disease.

Recent research is now analysing urine to detect bladder and prostate cancer.  Professor Chris Probert discusses with EAU TV how a device called the odour reader ‘sniffs cancer’ and its impact on the future diagnosis of cancer.

For effective treatments of urologic conditions, good evidence based guidelines are needed to support clinicians to make to the right choices for their patients. WebsEdge/Health met with the EAU Guideline committee members responsible for updating and disseminating the guidelines at the 2015 EAU congress.

Treating cancer is complex and there are many different ways. As part of EAU TV, we visited the St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau, Germany to see the latest minimally invasive techniques in urologic surgery including removing kidney tumours and hear first-hand from patients who have experienced it. The Prostate Center Northwest within St. Antonius-Hospital provides specialist prostate treatments, particularly with the use of focal therapy for prostate cancer.

With new research and treatments being developed it is equally important to raise awareness. As part of #UrologyWeek, the European Prostate Awareness Day (EPAD) today (16 September) will discuss prostate cancer, the European man’s main health concern. Being held in the European Parliament, EPAD will engage policy makers with scientific experts to discuss patient care and the impact of prostate cancer on the European population.

For more health stories, read our blog Out in the Opentalking about Men’s health here – written as part of #menshealthweek covering a variety of men’s health issues, featuring the Prostate Cancer Centre at the Geneva University Hospital filmed as part of EAU TV.

WebsEdge/Health – our online channel for Health related organizations, including EAU TV, connects issues and audiences through the power of television. To find out more, follow us on twitter: @WebsEdge_Health or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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