Results of a new international survey of more than 2,500 participants from five countries has highlighted an “alarmingly low” level of public awareness of urological conditions throughout Europe.
The survey, commissioned by the European Association of Urology (EAU), found just one in four respondents could identify the location of the prostate and men were more confident in recognising the symptoms of breast cancer (31%) than prostate cancer (27%).
Almost a quarter of participants said they would wait longer than a month to visit a doctor if they experienced a frequent urge to urinate and 43 per cent of people would not go to their doctor straight away if they noticed blood in their urine.
The survey also identified a low level of awareness of urology as a medical specialty, with 40 per cent of respondents unable to identify what a urologist does and almost 15 per cent believed that a urologist treats disorders of the skeletal, nervous or circulatory systems.
Commenting on the findings, Manfred Wirth, Professor of Urology and EAU Executive Member for Communications, said: “It’s time for Europe to change its attitude towards urology and invest in educational campaigns to increase urological knowledge and to break taboos.”