18 October 2013

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once, tell your doctor – that’s the message of a national NHS campaign.

About the campaign

The national campaign, which is part of a larger Be Clear on Cancer campaign, runs until 20 November and includes TV, press, radio advertising and events.

The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of blood in urine as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers and encourage people with these symptoms to go to their doctor as soon as possible.

Why is this important?

If these cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage, between 92-97% of people survive for one year. When diagnosis is at a late stage, this figure drops to just 25-34%. Nearly twice as many men as woman die from bladder or kidney cancers each year in England.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “We are supporting Public Health England’s campaign to encourage Northamptonshire people to take action if they have unexplained blood in their pee, as it isn’t normal and is something people should get checked out. You're not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it's not serious, your mind will be put at rest.

“Blood in the urine may be caused by an infection or kidney or bladder stones, all of which may need treatment. But if it is a condition such as kidney or bladder cancer, early diagnosis makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor could save your life.”

More information about Be Clear on Cancer

Be Clear on Cancer is a cancer awareness campaign led by Public Health England, working in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England. It aims to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP earlier.

For further information people can visit the NHS Choices website.