Bladder and kidney cancers affect over 17,000 people in the UK every year, and as the launch of Be Clear On Cancers ‘blood in pee’ campaign begins this week, NHS Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding people, especially the elderly, to look before they flush.Bladder and kidney cancers are more treatable if found and treated early. 84% of patients diagnosed with kidney cancer in the early stage lived for five years - which drops to 5% if found at a later stage.
Noticing ‘blood in pee’ is one symptom, but other bladder cancer symptoms include:
- Urinary tract infections (cystitis) that are difficult to treat, or come back after treatment
- Pain when peeing
Kidney cancer symptoms can also include:
- Pain in the side below the ribs that does not go away
- Weight loss
Dr Nick Harding, Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG said: “Your GP will want to know if you have noticed blood in your pee, even if it’s only happened once.
“Blood in your urine can be bright pink, red or dark brown in colour, and chances are it may be nothing serious, but it could be an early sign of cancer and requires a GP appointment straight away.
“Seeing your doctor could save your life if you spot blood in your pee - no matter what age you are.”
For more information about the ‘blood in pee’ campaign, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/symptoms/blood-in-pee