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When should you visit an urologist? 

The urologist is an expert in diseases of the urinary and genital organs. Conditions typically managed by a urologist include the male climacterium, problems of urination and erection problems.

Typically, prostate problems tend to increase with age and many men have symptoms related to prostate enlargement, e.g., urination problems. These symptoms and problems are very common, but still they are a sensitive matter for many which makes it hard to talk about them.

Mikael Anttinen, MD and urologist at Aura Klinikka, encourages men to take the step and visit a doctor when they have problems of this kind.

– If you have problems, let’s say with urination or erection and these affect your quality of life, it’s best to visit a urologist. It’s not unusual for men to think that these symptoms are just a normal part of ageing and that nothing can be done about them. But this is not the case. There are medicines and treatments which can substantially alleviate urological problems of this kind, Dr. Anttinen explains.

He also points out that it is not easy for you to evaluate the seriousness of the symptoms on your own.

-Males over 50 years should have an annual health check-up – this will provide important information on health and disease for the man. If close relatives have or have had prostate cancer, an annual check-up is most important. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among males and the second most common cause for cancer deaths among males. Generally, the natural course of prostate cancer is slow and, for many men, the cancer will not cause any serious consequences in their lifetime. Of course, it is important to identify the cancer in time. A urologist can evaluate reliably which patients with prostate cancer must be treated immediately and which may be follow up calmly.

Other urological conditions which must absolutely be evaluated by a urologist are blood in the urine and a lump in the testicle.

The urologist examines and treats diseases and disturbances of the genital and the urinary organs.  The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and ureter and the male genital system include the penis, scrotum, testicles, epididymides, vasa deferentia, seminal vesicles and prostate. An important part of the work of a urologist is management of urological cancers, like cancer of the prostate, testicles, penis, kidneys and urinary tract. Benign conditions may also require urological expertise, e.g., urinary stone disease.