Don’t ignore blood in your pee
A big national campaign ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ on blood in pee has just been launched. Islington Council is supporting the national campaign and together with local GPs is urging residents who notice blood in their pee to talk to their doctor.
Karen Sennett, Clinical Lead for Cancer in Islington, says: “Blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer, especially if you’re over 50. Go to see your doctor if you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable. The doctor can also test for other conditions while you are there.”
Blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancer. Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. These cancers can affect people of all ages but are most common in those over 50 years old. Other bladder cancer symptoms include urinary tract infections that keeps coming back and pain when peeing. Other kidney cancer symptoms include pain in the side that doesn’t go away and weight loss.
“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out,” says Karen. “If you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, go back – they’ll want to know.
“Bladder cancer is most common among smokers, so consider getting free support to stop smoking to prevent bladder and many other cancers.”