UCLH backs blood in pee campaign 

15/10/2014 00:00 
UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) is backing a new campaign to get people who spot blood in their pee to see a doctor straight away.
Blood in pee campaign 

Part of Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Be Clear On Cancer’ campaign supported by Cancer Research UK, the aim is to raise awareness of kidney and bladder cancer. Blood in pee is the most common symptom of bladder and kidney cancer.
PHE reports that previous efforts to get people with signs to seek medical advice earlier have shown an increase in awareness of symptoms, and in the number of referrals for treatment.
But doctors are confident they can improve bladder and kidney cancer survival even further and are urging anyone who notices blood in their pee to tell a doctor immediately. It’s been estimated that around 1,000 deaths from bladder and kidney cancers could be avoided each year if UK survival rates matched the best in Europe.
Geoff Bellingan, UCLH’s Medical Director for Cancer and Surgery, said: “It’s vital that anyone with symptoms gets themselves to their doctor as soon as possible to give us the best chance of dealing with cancer. Bladder and kidney cancers are more common among those aged over 50, and we know that smokers and people who are overweight are more at risk.
“However, when diagnosed at the earliest stage, one-year survival rates for those cancers can be more than 90 per cent.  So if you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just once, tell your doctor straight away. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.”
Under plans put forward to NHS England, UCLH is aiming to become a centre for the specialist treatment of five types of cancer – brain, prostate and bladder, head and neck, oesophago-gastric and blood cancers.
Each year in England around 8,900 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer, and 8,100 people diagnosed with kidney cancer.
For more information about the Be Clear on Cancer campaign go to www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee

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