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Wharfedale people urged to Be Clear on Cancer and tell their GP
8:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Local clinical leaders are urging people across Bradford and Airedale who have noticed blood in their pee, even if it’s just once, to tell their GP.
In support of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign – which started on Tuesday – local clinical leaders from the three local clinical commissioning groups: Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven; Bradford City and Bradford Districts are raising awareness of kidney and bladder cancer symptoms to encourage people who notice blood in their pee to go to their GP.
More than 7,500 people die each year from kidney or bladder cancer in the UK. In 2010/11, 32 people died from bladder cancer and 35 people died from kidney cancer in Bradford and Airedale – numbers which could be decreased if the common symptoms were widely known.
The outcomes in the UK are worse than those in some European countries and it is estimated about 1,000 deaths from these cancers could be avoided if the UK matched the best in Europe. The key to this is early diagnoses from recognising the symptoms.
Dr Ian Fenwick, the district’s clinical lead for cancer, said: “The symptoms for kidney and bladder cancers can be easy to ignore and can sometimes go unnoticed. We are extremely keen to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of both cancers as early diagnosis means they are easier to treat. We are encouraging people to seek help.
“The message from the campaign is simple: if you have noticed blood in your urine, even if it’s just the once, tell your GP. This simple step could save your life.”
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
- Pain below your ribs that doesn’t go away
- A lump in your stomach.
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
- Needing to urinate very often or very suddenly
- Pain while urinating.
To help the prevention of both cancers advice includes: stop smoking; try and maintain a healthy weight and keep active and eat healthily.