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 Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital consultant urologist Mr Antony Riddick is 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 Mr Riddick, who practises at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital in Cambridge.
The ‘Blood in Pee’ awareness campaign, backed by Be Clear on Cancer, will run from February 15 to March 31 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 Riddick.
“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.
- Around 18,500 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year.
- Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men.
- Most people diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancers are over 50.
- Smokers have a much higher risk of bladder and kidney cancer.
- Other risks include being overweight or obese
- Medical conditions, such as kidney disease or diabetes
*Figures supplied by Be Clear on Cancer