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​​Blood in pee could be a si​gn of bladder or kidney cancer​

NHS organisations all across the country are joining together this month to raise awareness of bladder and kidney cancer symptoms. Merton CCG is reminding local people that a key symptom of both cancers is blood in pee, and those with symptoms should speak to their GP.

In England around 17,450 people are diagnosed with either bladder or kidney cancer and approximately 7,600 people die from these diseases every year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men. 

If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it is just once, tell your GP straight away. The chances are it's nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable. You are not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it's not serious, your mind will be put at rest.

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 GP to find out for sure. And if you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they speak to their GP.  

Symptoms of bladder or kidney cancer

Bladder cancer:

  • cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
  • pain while peeing

Kidney cancer:

  • a pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn't go away
  • weight loss

Those at risk of bladder and kidney cancer

Smokers have a much higher risk of these cancers. Other things that increase the risk of bladder and kidney cancer include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Some jobs, because of exposure to certain chemicals
  • Other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
  • A family history of cancer

Further information can be found by visiting the Be Clear on Cancer website.  

You can keep up to date with the 'blood in pee' campaign by following the Be Clear on Cancer Twitter account @beclearoncancer