Health experts at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) are supporting the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign and urge residents who notice blood in their urine to take immediate action.
The Public Health team at ESCC is lending its support to the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign which runs until November 23, and advise ‘check your pee and Be Clear on Cancer.’
In Hastings in 2012 there were 37 cases of bladder or kidney cancer and 11 deaths registered, whilst in Rother 50 cases were registered and 21 deaths.
In the same year the county as a whole had 211 cases of bladder or kidney cancer registered; the number of registered deaths from these cancers totalled 113.
Cynthia Lyons, ESCC’s Public Health Director said the message is simple: “Act quickly if you spot blood in your pee. “Blood in your urine can be caused by a number of things, but it could be something as serious as bladder or kidney cancer.
“That is why we are urging anyone who notices blood to contact their GP immediately. The quicker you act, the better your chances of beating the disease.”
Each year around 17,000 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer and approximately 7,500 die from these diseases. Cases are rare in people under the age of 50 but the risk increases with age.
If bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage survival rates are as high as 96 per cent, at a late stage that drops as low as 33 per cent.
Ms Lyons said by acting quickly hundreds of lives could be saved. She said: “It is estimated that around 1,0004 deaths from bladder and kidney cancers could be avoided in England every year.
“If you, or someone you know, have experienced blood in your pee – even if it only happened once – seek medical help as soon as possible and avoid becoming a statistic.”
Other symptoms of bladder cancer can include needing to pee very often or very suddenly and pain while peeing.
Symptoms of kidney cancer can include a pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away or a lump in the stomach.
For more information on bladder and kidney cancers visit the website at: www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee