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Campaign raises awareness of bladder and kidney cancer
8:31am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A NEW campaign has been launched to help raise awareness of the symptoms of both bladder and kidney cancer.
The NHS Be Clear On Cancer “Blood In Pee” advertising campaign runs until November 20, and encourages anyone with the symptom to see a doctor straight away.
About 65 people in York and 1,774 people in Yorkshire and Humber are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year.
These cancers account for about 7,500 deaths per year across the country, but if diagnosed at the earliest stage chances of survival are as high as 97 per cent.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council’s director of health and wellbeing, said: “If your doctor suspects it might be bladder or kidney cancer, you will be urgently referred to a hospital and they will then organise tests, and, if necessary, treatment. You will either get reassurance that it isn’t cancer, or if it is you will have a better chance of successful treatment.
“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out – it might be a sign of something else that needs treatment. And if your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor - they’ll want to help.”
Other symptoms which could be a warning of kidney or bladder cancers include a pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away, a lump in your stomach, needing to urinate often or suddenly, or pain while urinating.
For details about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, go to nhs.uk/bloodinpe
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