The latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to raise awareness that ‘blood in pee’ is a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer.
The chances are it’s nothing serious, but blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers and these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
Pain when peeing or cystitis that comes back quickly after treatment can also be symptoms of bladder cancer. A pain that doesn’t go away, either in the tummy or in the side below the ribs along with weight loss can be symptoms of kidney cancer.
Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life. If your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they will want to see you.
If you don’t check, you may not notice blood in your pee. So, remember to look before you flush the toilet and if you notice blood in your pee – even if it’s just the once – tell your doctor.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life. If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, please urge them to see their doctor. The chances are it’s nothing serious but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
“And if you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, he or she will want to know. It’s important to see your doctor again if your symptoms persist.”
Bladder and kidney cancers are in the top ten most common cancers in England (kidney and bladder cancers are the seventh and eighth most commonly diagnosed cancers respectively) but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee