Blood in pee

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Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer?

Our Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.

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Blood in your pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancer. Other bladder cancer symptoms include:

  • Cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
  • Pain when peeing.

Other kidney cancer symptoms include:

  • A pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn’t go away
  • Weight loss.
“I noticed blood in my pee in late 2013. I knew something was wrong and made an appointment to see my doctor straight away. He referred me to hospital for tests, which showed I had bladder cancer. I’m so glad I acted quickly and my cancer was caught early. My husband and I enjoy sailing, and six months after my treatment we went sailing around Britain.”

Geraldine Sinfield, aged 67, Supporter of The Urology Foundation

Statistics    >

  • Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year
  • Bladder or kidney cancer can affect people of all ages but are most common in those over 50.
  • Bladder and kidney cancers are the seventh and eighth most commonly diagnosed cancers.
  • Approximately 7,600 people die from these diseases every year.

You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out. If you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, go back – they’ll want to know.

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