Is there blood in your wee?
The Be Clear on Cancer campaign is running across the country, raising awareness of blood in pee as a key symptom of both bladder and kidney cancers.
In Milton Keynes, figures from 2012 show that there were 67 bladder and kidney cancer cases registered, with a total of 30 deaths.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include needing to pee very often or very suddenly, and pain while peeing.
Kidney cancer symptoms include pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away, and a lump in your stomach.
Dr Nicola Smith, GP chair of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group which oversees health across the city, said: “It’s important for people to be aware of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer. If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once, tell your doctor.
“It’s very straightforward for your doctor to examine you and decide whether to arrange further tests. If your doctor suspects it might be bladder or kidney cancer, you will be urgently referred to a hospital and they will then organise tests, and, if necessary, treatment. You will either get reassurance that it isn’t cancer, or if it is you will have a better chance of successful treatment.
“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out – it might be a sign of something else that needs treatment. And if your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they’ll want to help.”
For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, visit www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/