Campaign urges residents to check for blood in their pee

 

Residents are being urged to visit their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if it is just once.

The message is part of a national campaign being run by Public Health England called ‘be clear on cancer’ which highlights the signs of bladder and kidney cancer.

Health professionals are keen to make people aware of the symptoms as the earlier bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.

The cancers affect both men and women with the majority of people who are diagnosed being over 50 years old with more men being affected than women.  

Dr Jim Brown, GP and consultant in public health said:

“Blood in the pee is the most common symptom of both bladder and kidney cancer. Kidney cancer symptoms also include a persistent pain in the tummy or in your side. Bladder cancer symptoms can include pain when peeing. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean it’s cancer but I urge people to see their GP to find out for sure.”

Some of the common symptoms may also be caused by an infection or bladder or kidney stones, all of which may need treatment.

Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member with responsibility for public health  said:

“Around 132 people in Northumberland are diagnosed with Bladder or Kidney cancer each year.  It’s important that people know the signs and visit their doctor as soon as possible.”

“If you see blood in your wee, even if it’s just the once, you need to tell your doctor. The chances are it's nothing serious, but you're not wasting anyone's time by getting it checked out. ”

You can find out more information by speaking to your doctor or by visiting the NHS choices website at www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee
 
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