Keep your eyes 'pee-led' for signs of cancer

19 February 2016

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 Solihull Consultant Urologist Vivek Wadhwa 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 Wadhwa, who practises at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.

The ‘Blood in Pee’ awareness campaign, backed by Be Clear on Cancer, runs 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 Wadhwa.

“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.

Health facts*:

  • 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.  


For further information or to book an appointment with one of our urologists at Spire Parkway Hospital, please call 0121 704 5530 or email

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 health care professional.

*Figures supplied by Be Clear on Cancer

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