BLADDER AND KIDNEY CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE LIVES
Bladder and kidney cancer every year kill more than 7,000 people in England ever year, that’s 20 people every day, or almost one person every hour. But cancer experts believe that with earlier diagnosis 1,000 lives could be saved every year if patients understood the symptoms of kidney and bladder cancer and visited their GP if they have them.
In Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire the local NHS received a £250,000 investment from the Department of Health to raise awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer and more importantly, what to do if you have them.
Dr Raj Persad, consultant urological surgeon at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital explains: “The signs of kidney and bladder cancer can be ignored, for instance by attributing symptoms to more common conditions like cystitis. By doing this, diagnosis can be delayed leading to negative consequences.
“We need patients to be proactive in recognising the symptoms and seeking out medical advice.
“As a busy consultant, I regularly see cancers that have gone undiagnosed and are at times untreatable. By recognising the symptoms and doing something quickly, you can get the treatment you need without delay – improving your chances of survival.”
If you notice blood in your pee – even if it just the once – you need to speak to your GP. You’re not wasting anybody’s time by getting your symptoms checked out. It’s more than likely to be nothing serious, but if it is cancer, the earlier it is found the more treatable it is