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urologu week 2015September 2 2015

Numark is sending its independent pharmacy members a pharmacy poster and patient leaflets on urology conditions and urology cancers for Urology Awareness Month.

While the main activity will be Urology Week which runs from September 14-18, Numark will be also communicating messages via emails, twitter feed and the weekly member newsletter through the month.

The focus of this year’s international campaign is to raise awareness of the three most common urological cancers: kidney, prostate and bladder cancer. On European Prostate Awareness Day (EPAD) on September 16, European urologists will engage with European Parliament Members to discuss prostate cancer.

Michael Stewart, one of Numark’s information pharmacists, says: “By raising awareness of ‘red flag’ warning signs (blood in urine, pain when urinating, unexplained weight loss) and referring patients to their doctor it is hoped that cancer will be detected earlier and treatment more successful. Patients with less worrying symptoms can be given practical advice on managing symptoms effectively.”

Bladder problems include a range of diseases and disorders, from bladder and prostate cancers to incontinence and urinary tract infections. Every year, over 10,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer and more than 5000 people die from the disease.

Over 10,000 new cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK and 41,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is estimated that 46% of the world’s adult population experience symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Mr Stewart added: “Pharmacy teams are in an ideal position to identify people with bladder problems, refer onwards when necessary and provide practical support for coping with daily life. Establishing a relationship and providing support at an early stage can create long term customer loyalty and promote your business within the local community.”

Numark says that one way of securing better outcomes for patients is by ensuring as many people as possible know the signs and symptoms of urological disease. It is supporting the work of the Urology Foundation.

A fund-raising manager at TUF commented: “The Urology Foundation is a charity that strives to transform the lives of people affected by a urological condition, and we do this by investing in cutting-edge urology research and by supporting urology professionals through vital training and education.

“In addition to increasing public knowledge of urology health, this Urology Awareness Month we are encouraging people to help support our work by undertaking their own small fundraising event for The Urology Foundation. Some people from around the UK have already signed up to arrange their own ‘TUF Teas Thursday’ or host their own pub quiz or a raffle.

“Urology Awareness Month 2015 will strive to increase the public’s knowledge of urology health so that more people can get the medical help they need and deserve to live a better quality of life.”

Links:

Numark               

Urology Awareness Week          

The Urology Foundation              

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