Be Clear on Cancer - Blood in pee

GPs in Waltham Forest are urging local people to make an appointment to see their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once, as this could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer.

Around 17,500 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. These cancers can affect anyone, but are most common in people aged over 50. Spotting cancer early increases the chances of treating it successfully.

Other symptoms of bladder cancer can include cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment, and pain when peeing. Symptoms of kidney cancer can include weight loss, and a pain in the side below the ribs that doesn't go away.

Dr Mary Crowe, a local GP and clinical lead for cancer at Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"Spotting blood in your pee, even just the once, might not be anything serious, but if it is related to bladder or kidney cancer, finding it early can make a huge difference.

“As GPs, we're here to help. You won't be wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out.

“If you've already been to the doctor but your symptoms haven't gone away, go back - they'll want to know."

Blood in pee is the latest stage in a national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign which helps people to identify the key early signs of the most common cancers and encourages them to seek advice from their GP.

National guidance says there are no guaranteed ways to prevent cancer, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing the disease, such as stopping smoking.

 A healthy diet and active lifestyle can also improve your general wellbeing and reduce your risk of developing cancer and many other health problems, like diabetes or heart disease.