NHS England’s Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign was launched on 15 February 2016.
The campaign will run for almost seven weeks across England with the aim of raising awareness of a key symptom of both bladder and kidney cancers – blood in pee. The campaign encourages people who notice blood in their pee to see their doctor straight away. These cancers are more treatable if they are diagnosed early.
Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year and these cancers account for around 7,600 deaths each year.
Visible ‘blood in pee’ is a key symptom for bladder and kidney cancers. Yet when asked to name cancer signs and symptoms, only one in three people mention unexplained bleeding. People need to know that if they have this symptom, they should see their GP without delay.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
- Needing to pee very often or very suddenly
- Pain while peeing
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
- A pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away
- A lump in your stomach