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Raising Awareness – kidney cancer symptoms.

by | Oct 31, 2013 | Wellbeing

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the

once’, tell your doctor straight away.

clear-cancerA national campaign to raise awareness of the bladder and kidney cancer symptoms was launched on the 15th October, running until 20th November.  It includes TV, press, radio advertising and events. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of blood in urine as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers and to  encourage people who have symptoms to go to their doctor straight away.
James Whale MBE, Chairman of the Kidney Cancer UK, like many kidney cancer patients had not been aware of any major symptoms until he noticed blood in his urine. His operation to remove both his left kidney and its tumour which was the size of a small football was successful. Since the operation, he is an advocate of regular check-ups, especially if experiencing symptoms that cause concern. Kidney cancer was a traumatic experience that prompted him to create the Kidney Cancer UK in order to raise awareness of the disease which is now the seventh most common type of cancer in men and ninth among women in the UK.
Every year, around 16,600 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. Around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year, but knowing what to look out for can save lives. As a charity we provide support to kidney cancer patients but we want to make everyone aware of kidney cancer symptoms as when kidney cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, the one-year survival rate is close to 97%, compared with about 32% at a late stage. (Source: NHS Blood in Pee)
Blood in your pee is the most common bladder and kidney cancer symptom.
Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
• A pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away
• A lump in your stomach

<a href="" target="_self">Malcolm Packer</a>

Malcolm Packer

Malcolm is Chief Executive Officer at Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland and has worked with the charity in various capacities for over 15 years.