Urology: Facts

Your urology health relates to the 'urogenital system' in both men and women. These are the parts of your body responsible for producing, storing and discharging urine (kidneys, bladder, urethra) and the parts of your body involved in sexual function (prostate, penis, and testicles).

Urological conditions include some of the most common serious diseases in the UK - such as prostate cancer, kidney damage and incontinence. Other diseases include bladder cancer, testicular cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis, and urinary tract infections.

Urology covers so much of our body's most important functions and so it can be devastating when something goes wrong. 

Prostate Cancer

  • Accounts for 24% of all new cancers in UK males
  • In 20-30% of cases, prostate cancer spreads to other locations in the body and becomes even more deadly
  • There were 11,631 deaths to prostate cancer in 2016

Bladder Disease

  • 13% of women and 5% of men will suffer from urinary incontinence at some stage in their life
  • 50-60% of UK women will develop a UTI at least once in their life 
  • 5,300 people in the UK die of bladder cancer every year

Kidney Disease

  • Kidney Stones affect 3 in 20 men and 2 in 20 women
  • Around 1 in 8 people in the UK have a chronic kidney disease 
  • In 2015 4,619 people died of kidney cancer

Male Reproductive Disease

  • Incidences of testicular cancer have risen 27% from the 1990s
  • Male infertility is the cause of 40-50% of infertility cases
  • 1 in 10 men are thought to suffer from erectile dysfunction



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