If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.
Around 17,000 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 things that increase the risk of bladder and/or kidney cancer include:
• Being overweight or obese
• Exposure to, or working with certain industrial chemicals
• Some other medical conditions, such as kidney disease or diabetes
In England, around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer each year, but this needn’t be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives. If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it is just once, tell your doctor straight away. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
…about bladder and kidney cancer
Blood in your pee is the most common symptom of both types of cancer.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
• Needing to pee very often or very suddenly
• Pain while peeing
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
• A pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away
• A lump in your stomach
…about how important it is to see your doctor
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 is a condition such as bladder or kidney cancer, early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor early could save your life. If you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, he or she will want to know. It’s important to see your doctor again if your symptoms persist.
Having symptoms doesn’t mean it’s cancer
Some symptoms may be caused by an infection or bladder or kidney stones, all of which may need treatment. But don’t try and diagnose yourself. Go and see your doctor now to find out for sure.
Looking out for others
If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.