Medizinisches Spektrum Urologische Klinik München-Planegg

Prevention and early detection

In this section, we wish to present you with an overview of prevention and early detection methods available in the field of urology.

The term ‘prevention’ or ‘prophylaxis’ in the field of medicine refers to medical measures taken to prevent an illness from developing. One example of this is to stop smoking to reduce the risk of cancer.

Another term used in this context is metaphylaxis: This comprises specific measures conducted to prevent an illness from recurring in patients who have already survived it. An example of this is to increase the volume of fluid intake to prevent urinary stones from forming.

Early detection, on the other hand, refers to the detection of an illness while it is still at an early stage. The aim of early detection is to discover a condition while it is a still at a point in its progress that permits relatively unproblematic treatment or the chances of recovery are still good.