Seeing a doctor about urological issues is not at the top of most men’s lista of favorite things to do. It’s probably not even at the bottom of the list.
However, there are certain warning signs that should make seeing a Urologist a priority. Urology deals with urinary issues involving the kidneys, bladder, ureter and urethra, as well as the male reproductive system.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to see a urologist. Your insurance company may require a referral from your general physician to cover this specialist visit.
Having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection with regularity can indicate an underlying medical problem, including psychological issues, diabetes, obesity and elevated blood pressure or cholesterol.
Blood in urine
Blood in the urine is not normal. It can be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer, and even a one-time incident is reason to see a urologist. Urine tests, a CT scan and a cystoscopy may be necessary.
Having difficulty urinating, urinating frequently, having the urge to go but not being able to empty the bladder, or experiencing urine “leakage” are all sure signs that you should see a urologist.
Conduct regular testicular self-exams to find any abnormalities such as size changes, lumps, pain or firmness. Testicular lumps could be a sign of testicular cancer, which is one of the most treatable cancers if detected early.
Know your prostate cancer risk
The American Cancer Society encourages men 50 and older with an average risk of prostate cancer to talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening. Individuals with higher risks (African Americans and men with a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before 65) should consider screenings as young as 40.
If you think you should make an appointment with a urologist, contact the specialists (link to Urology providers page) at Southeastern Med.