Why it’s time to be clear on cancer

18 July 2018

In England alone around 17 thousand people are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer every year. All ages are at risk but the conditions are more common in people over 50 and men also seem to be more susceptible, says Consultant Urologist Mr Sandy Gujral.

The most obvious symptom of both cancers is blood in your pee. Even if you experience it just once, you must tell your GP as early detection is essential to a successful outcome. Other possible causes are infections or kidney stones, which will also require treatment.

The symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Cystitis (an infection) that comes back or lingers
  • Pain when you pee

The symptoms of kidney cancer include:

  • Persistent pain in your side, or below the ribs
  • Losing weight

Those who smoke have a higher risk of these conditions but being overweight, other medical conditions, your job or a family history of cancer are all factors as well.

Lifestyle plays a part in reducing your risk. Stopping smoking, reducing your weight and drinking less alcohol – four in ten cases could be prevented by making these changes.

The content of this article is provided for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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