Blood in your pee? Even if it’s just once, tell your doctor

Local clinical leaders are urging people across Bradford and Airedale who have noticed blood in their pee, even if it’s just once, to tell their GP.

In support of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign – which starts on 15 October - local clinical leaders from the three local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven; Bradford City and Bradford Districts are raising awareness of kidney and bladder cancer symptoms to encourage people who notice blood in their pee to go to their GP.

Over 7,500 people die each year from kidney or bladder cancer in the UK. In 2010/11, 32 people died from bladder cancer and 35 people died from kidney cancer in Bradford and Airedale - numbers which could be decreased if the common symptoms were widely known.

The outcomes in the UK are worse than those in some European countries and it is estimated around 1,000 deaths from these cancers could be avoided if the UK matched the best in Europe. The key to this is early diagnoses from recognising the symptoms.

Dr Ian Fenwick, the district’s clinical lead for cancer, said: “The symptoms for kidney and bladder cancers can be easy to ignore and can sometimes go unnoticed. We are extremely keen to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of both cancers as early diagnosis means they are easier to treat. We are encouraging people to seek help.”

“The message from the campaign is simple: if you have noticed blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once, tell your GP. This simple step could save your life.”

Following the success of the bowel and lung cancer campaigns, this year’s campaign is aimed at predominantly men over the age of 50, as they are at most risk. From 15 October, adverts on TV, print and radio are raising awareness about checking for blood in your pee as well as highlighting the other symptoms of both cancers.

Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
• pain below your ribs that doesn’t go away
• a lump in your stomach.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
• needing to pee very often or very suddenly
• pain while peeing.
Awareness events are also taking place across the UK in a bid to speak to people face-to-face and offer them health advice to prevent kidney and bladder cancer. 

 
There are ways to help the prevention of both cancers:
Stop smoking: One of the most common causes of bladder cancer is tobacco smoke. Stopping smoking as a soon as possible is one of the main ways to prevent bladder cancer and other serious conditions, it is always worth quitting. For every year you give up smoking the risk of getting a serious illness, such as bladder or kidney cancer decreases.
To get help to quit, call the local stop smoking service on: 01274 437700 or email: stopsmoking@bradford.gov.uk
Look after yourself: Try and maintain a healthy weight and keep active. This doesn’t mean you have to do a lot of exercise but try fitting it into your day such as, getting off the bus one stop early or taking the steps instead of the lift. It is recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
Eat healthily: Try and eat at least your five a day. This is highly important not just to help the prevention of bladder and kidney cancer but is one of the simplest ways to become healthier and avoid many serious illnesses.

For more information please contact the communications team on: 01274 237719 or email: communications@wsybcsu.nhs.uk