Richmond people noticing blood in their pee should tell their doctor, even if it has only happened once.
The plea was made this week by NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to mark the launch of a national Be Clear on Cancer campaign that started on 19 July and runs to 23 September 2018.
The campaign by the NHS and Cancer Research UK spells out that blood in urine can be a sign of bladder and kidney cancers.
Dr Graham Lewis, Chair, Richmond CCG says:
“If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it’s just once, you should tell your doctor. The chances are it’s nothing serious but these cancers are more treatable if they’re found early.
“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it’s not serious, your mind will be put at rest. But if it’s a condition such as kidney or bladder cancer, early detection makes it easier to treat so seeing your doctor early could save your life.”
There are around 16,000 new cases of kidney and bladder cancer in England every year. Together, these cancers cause 7,000 deaths a year.
Blood in pee is the most common symptom of both cancers but other signs of kidney cancer include a pain below the ribs that does not go away or a lump in the stomach. Symptoms of bladder cancer include needing to pee very often or very suddenly, and having pain while peeing.
People can reduce their chances of getting kidney or bladder cancer by:
- Stopping smoking – it’s never too late to quit
- Looking after yourself – maintain a healthy weight and take plenty of exercise
- Eat healthily – eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Both cancers affect men and women but are more common in men. Most people diagnosed with the two cancers are over 50.