New campaign urges people to tell their doctor if they notice blood in their pee

Published on: Monday, 29-February-2016

Knowsley Public Health is backing the latest Be Clear on Cancer ‘blood in pee’ campaign which raises awareness of bladder and kidney cancer symptoms.

The campaign’s message is clear, if you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor straight away. And remember to look before you flush the toilet - if you don’t check you may not notice blood in your pee.
 
Blood in your pee can be a key symptom of both bladder and kidney cancers.
 
Pain when peeing or cystitis that comes back quickly after treatment can also be symptoms of bladder cancer.  A pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn’t go away, coupled with weight loss, can be symptoms of kidney cancer.
 
The chances are it’s nothing serious but if they are cancer they are more treatable if they are found early. 
 
Councillor Eddie Connor, Knowsley Cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing said:
 
“Knowsley launched the it campaign last month in a bid to encourage more people to better understand how cancer affects us and what we can do to tackle it.
 
“Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life. If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, please urge them to see their doctor. The chances are it’s nothing serious but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early. 
 
“And if you’ve been to the doctor but your symptoms haven’t gone away, he or she will want to know. It’s important to see your doctor again if your symptoms persist.”
 
Visit nhs.uk/bloodinpee for more information.