Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer?
The Be Clear on Cancer – Blood in pee campaign encourages people to tell 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.
Signs to watch out for
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.
- Around 19,100 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 8,000 people in England 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.
If you don’t check, you may not notice blood in your pee. So, remember to look before you flush the toilet and if you notice blood in your pee – even if it’s just once – tell your doctor.