If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once, you should see your doctor. That’s the message supported by Kirklees Council, NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as part of the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign.
Blood in your pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers. Other bladder cancer symptoms include pain when peeing, and cystitis – a urinary tract infection – that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment. Kidney cancer symptoms include a pain in the side below the ribs that doesn’t go away and weight loss.
Each year around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancers, and approximately 7,600 die from these cancers.
The campaign, running from 15 February to April 2016, aims to achieve earlier diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms. The campaign encourages people, particularly those aged 50 and over, with relevant symptoms to see their GP without delay.
If bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage, one-year survival is as high as 92-96%. At a late stage, it drops to just 27-37%
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for prevention, early intervention and vulnerable adults said, “If you notice blood in your pee you should go and see your doctor. You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it’s not serious, your mind will be put at rest.”
Sarah Muckle, acting Director of Public Health added, “The early detection of kidney or bladder cancer makes it easier to treat so seeing your doctor early could save your life.
If you’ve noticed blood in your pee and have already been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, go back – they’ll want to know.”
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “Some symptoms may be caused by an infection or bladder or kidney stones, all of which may need treatment. But don’t try and diagnose yourself. Go and see your doctor to find out for sure.”
Be Clear on Cancer is run by Public Health England in partnership with Department of Health and NHS England.
For more information to go www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee