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 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.
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.
Dr Liz Mearns, Medical Director, NHS England South (Wessex) said: “ If you are over fifty and suspect even the slightest amount of blood in your pee, contact your GP practice as soon as you can.
“Many cases of bladder cancer, in particular, can be completely cured by relatively non-invasive treatment, but only if they are picked up early. Although blood in your pee is an important symptom and may be a sign of cancer, there are many other more common, curable and less serious causes. So it’s important not to let fear prevent you from seeking advice as soon as possible”.
Want to know more? Visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee