Campaign urges people to tell their doctor if they notice blood in their pee
Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer?
The current NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign (19 July - 23 September 2018) encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.
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.
Blood in your pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancer, but if you don't check you may not notice blood in your pee. So remember to look before you flush the toilet.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
- Cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
- Pain when peeing
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
- A pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn’t go away
- Weight loss
You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out. If you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, go back – they’ll want to know.
Want to know more? Visit www/nhs.uk/BloodInPee
Be Clear on Cancer - Blood in pee leaflet
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