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How Can Cigarette Smoking Cause Urological Cancer

Posted on July 9, 2019 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It is a known fact that smoking has dangerous repercussions on our body. It significantly increases the risk of many harmful conditions, aside from exacerbating their severity as well as having a negative impact on the treatment. Not surprisingly, smoking is also a major contributing factor for bladder cancer. This includes not just cigarettes, but also e-cigarettes, hookahs and smokeless tobacco. Here are some urologic conditions that are affected by smoking:

Kidney Cancer: Studies have shown smoking to be a risk factor for renal cell carcinoma, otherwise known as kidney cancer. The smoke gets drawn into the lungs, from where it makes its way through the bloodstream into the kidneys. This poses a formidable obstruction to an effective kidney treatment programme in the event of such an eventuality.

Erectile Dysfunction: Smoking damages the blood vessels and therefore adversely affects the blood supply to the penis resulting in an inability to get and/or maintain a firm erection for sexual intercourse.

Bladder Cancer: Due to the accumulation of harmful chemicals and drugs in the urine as a result of smoking, they affect the lining of the bladder and hence increases the risk of this disease. The risk is also dictated by the smoking quantity, duration of exposure and second hand smoke exposure.

Infertility: Tobacco and other sources of smoking not only causes a wide range of urologic diseases and cancers, but also has a marked bearing on infertility. Exposure to the toxic smoke impacts the genetic makeup of the sperm and the eggs, affects the production and regulation of hormones and creates an in conducive environment in the uterus, all of which combine to lead to infertility. Besides, it also increases the risk of a miscarriage and the chances of birth defects in the new born. Therefore, urologists are of the unanimous opinion that smoking is a habit that is best avoided by those looking to have a child.

Incontinence: Due to disruptions in the bladder, smokers may experience leaking urine and overactive bladder, which leads to frequent urination.

Aside from the preventive measure of quitting smoking altogether, there are some treatment options available to treat urological cancers once it has set in. One of the specialties that NU Hospitals is renowned for is urology and infertility treatment, thanks to its fine team of urology specialists in Bangalore, who run a battery of tests to diagnose and treat such conditions effectively.

5 Urological Conditions Impacted by Smoking

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Do not smoke!

There’s a reason behind everything. Smoking is one of the leading causes of many urologic conditions. Smoking can contribute to different conditions that we have identified in this article. At NU Hospitals, you’ll connect with the best set of urologists in Bangalore where you’re assured to get diagnosed just about the right way. Let’s get to know some of the conditions:

Bladder Cancer is far too common cancer in both men and women. Smoking causes harmful chemicals and drugs to collect in the urine. These chemicals affect the lining of the bladder and raise your bladder cancer risk.

Erectile Dysfunction is a result of poor blood flow to the penis. Smoking can harm blood vessels, which then creates an impact on the blood flow. This can result in not being able to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

Kidney Stones are a very common health issue of the urinary tract. Smoking has been shown to extensively add to the risk of getting kidney stones.

Incontinence (i.e. urine leakage) and Overactive Bladder (OAB), have impacted the population to a great extent. Smoking bothers the ladder and can cause frequent urination. Coughing spasms can also occur that can lead to leakage of urine.

Infertility impacts both men and women and about 50% of infertility cases can be directed to the male. Smoking can harm the genetic formulation of eggs and sperm. The infertility rate for smokers is twice the rates for those who do not smoke.

In case you smoke, consult your urologist about ways to quit so you can lower your chances of having these urologic conditions.

Kidney Stones: Not Just an Adult Problem

Posted on April 26, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s not wrong of you to typically think to relate kidney stones to older people. But the reality is that while they are common in adults, there has been a significant increase in kidney stones occurring in children over the last 10 years.

What’s the reason behind kids getting kidney stones?

So you’re probably wondering why there are so many children with kidney stones. Even if there is no specific answer, but we can predict that it’s related to the following risk factors:

  • Not drinking enough water.
  • Consuming excessive salt.
  • Lack of exercise.

The symptoms can vary. Some really young children, even premature babies have really small kidney stones and are entirely unaware of their existence. Younger kids may face problems to describe the pain and may just complain of a belly ache. Adolescents and teens may complain of intense back pain with nausea and vomiting. Sometimes there’s the presence of blood in the urine, but it’s always suggested to consult a doctor in order to detect the symptoms.

So as parents, how can you help prevent kidney stones?

There are three measures parents can take to prevent kidney stones.

  • Make sure the children are drinking enough water.
  • limiting the amount of sodium, maintaining an active lifestyle.
  • Water intake is a little more specific to your child’s age.

The occurrence of kidney stones is not a new problem but what is a more recent phenomenon is the growing epidemic of kidney stones in kids and teens nationally. As kidney stones are likely to reappear after their first occurrence, it’s extremely important for your child to be seen by a nephrologist. At NU Hospitals, your child will be given a specialized kidney stone treatment plan. Our team will figure out the root cause and suggest certain preventive measures accordingly.

Myths about Prostate Cancer all Men should know

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Myth: Only older men get prostate cancer:

It’s true that your risk of prostate cancer increases as you get older, it’s also true most men are diagnosed after 65 years old.

Some of the symptoms of prostate cancer are:

You’ve difficulty urinating

Blood drops in your urine


Body aches

Loss of appetite

Myth: No prostate cancer symptoms means no cancer:

Not necessarily when it comes to your prostate, a small, walnut-shaped gland whose job is to produce fluid that nourishes sperms. No symptoms may just mean the cancer is in its early stages. Signs of prostate cancer usually arise after it progresses, including problems in urinating, such as slow and weak flow, blood drops in the urine, pain in the pelvic area. Of course, these symptoms may also be caused by a list of other things that don’t include cancer.

Myth: No one in my family has prostate cancer, so I’m safe:

It’s likely that your genes will play a role. If your father has prostate cancer, you’re twice as likely to develop it, your brother, three times as likely. In that case, discuss possible screening tests with the urologist.

Myth: A high PSA score means prostate cancer:

Some prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood is normal. High levels, however, or inflammation in your prostate, the gland may get enlarged, or it may (possibly) indicate cancer.

Myth: Prostate cancer isn’t that serious:

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. It’s usually slow-growing cancer that at least at first, stays confined to the gland. For men diagnosed with very early-stage prostate cancer, treatment may not be necessary right away, or at all, depending on the type of cancer. Instead, you may be asked to be under supervision for several years.

At NU Hospitals, you’ll be treated by some of the best urologist specialists in Bangalore.


An overview of Hypospadias : Causes, Types, Surgery

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


If your baby boy is born with a dysfunctional penis or it doesn’t function the way it’s supposed to, you want to know whether he can be treated right away. And that’s understandable. Boys with Hypospadias are born with the location of the opening ranging anywhere within the head or shaft of the penis, the scrotum, or perineum.

Hypospadias is pretty common and can be left as it is but surgeons can do surgery to fix the problem when required.

What causes Hypospadias?

As with many other birth defects, this is also one of them.

Some of the reasons could be:

  • Genetics: It’s also associated with some genetic syndromes. If the boy has a father or brother were born with it, you’re also likely to get the same.
  • Fertility treatments: Some kind of hormone therapy or medicine during fertility treatment can lead to this.
  • Exposure to smoking and pesticides.
  • Premature.

Types of Hypospadias:

There are nearly three kinds, depending on where the urethra opening is located:

  • Near the head of the penis (subcoronal).
  • Along the shaft of the penis (midshaft).
  • Where the penis and scrotum meet, or on the scrotum (penescrotal).

How does the surgery work for Hypospadias?

If the location of the opening is near the tip, the penis often works well enough. But many cases of hypospadias call for surgery to move the urethra and opening. This procedure often includes straightening the penis. The motive behind this surgical correction is to create a penis that functions normally. Surgical correction should also result in a properly directed urinary stream and a straightened penis upon erection. Children who get this surgery are usually between 3 months and 18 months old. The child is anesthetized during the surgery.

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and some of the best paediatric urologists, NU Hospitals offers the best urology treatment in Bangalore.

Urinary Tract Infection- Symptoms and Treatments

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A urinary tract infection, commonly known as UTI, occurs when microbes get into any part of the urinary tract, be it the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. In severe and rare cases, however, UTI can also happen in the upper urinary tract.

Now let’s get to know what are the causes and risk factors of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):

  • Dehydration, since the body is not getting enough water to discard the bacteria
  • Sexual intercourse with an infected partner
  • Constipation
  • Using dirty sanitary pads during menstruation
  • Holding urine for a long time allows the bacteria to grow

Urinary Tract Infection can have specific symptoms depending on which part of the urinary tract has been infected:

Symptoms of Kidney Diseases:

  • High Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent and painful urination

Symptoms of Bladder Infection:

  • Blood urine
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Pain in the lower back and abdomen
  • Pain during sex

Symptoms of Urethra Infection:

  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Blood in semen or urine in men
  • Discharge from the vagina in women

In case, you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above repeatedly, you need to visit a urologist for further evaluation. You’ll be asked to take a couple of tests to have a better understanding. If you are confused about how to get the right diagnosis at the right time, look no beyond. NU hospitals have the best set of Urologists in India to help you get through this.

Of course, the treatment depends on the severity of your condition. At NU Hospitals, which is considered to be one of the Best Urology Hospitals in India, our team is thoroughly dedicated to catering to patients with utmost sincerity and medical expertise.