Keep your eyes 'PEE-LED' for signs of cancer

Let’s be clear – blood in your urine can be the first sign of something very serious.

Yet many people simply ignore the warning – especially if they only spot it once – even though it could be your body’s way of giving an early alarm call that you may have kidney or bladder cancer.

Now Bristol consultant urologists Professor Raj Persad and Mr Edward Rowe are backing the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign, urging people to take immediate action if they spot blood in their pee.

“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting checked out. If it’s not serious then that’s great, but if it is bladder or kidney cancer early detection makes it easier to treat – so seeing your doctor immediately could really save your life,” said Professor Persad, who formerly chaired the campaign and currently practices at Spire Bristol Hospital.

Mr Persad Urology PhotoPicture above: Professor Persad - Consultant urologist at Spire Bristol Hospital

The ‘Blood in Pee’ awareness campaign, backed by Be Clear on Cancer, will run from 15 February 15 to 31 March and is now in its third year, following the impressive success of the first two years.

“All figures indicate that people seeing their GP after spotting blood in their pee is on the rise, but we can’t afford to be complacent.

“In England, around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer each year – simply making people aware of the symptoms and of the need to act on spotting them could help reduce this number,” said Mr Rowe.

Ed Rowe Urology ConsultantPicture above: Mr Rowe - Consultant Urologist at Spire Bristol Hospital

“Don’t wait until you have spotted blood three or four times ‘just to be sure’. The one time is enough – if you spot it get it checked,” he added.

Do not hesitate to get intouch with one of our consultant urologists here at Spire Bristol Hospital. Contact our patient treatment advisors to book a priavte appointment. Call 0117 980 4080 or email

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