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Check your Pee

Health experts in East Sussex are urging anyone who notices blood in their pee, even if it’s just the once, to act quickly.

East Sussex’s Public Health Director Cynthia Lyons said:

Cynthia Lyons, ESCC’s Public Health director

Cynthia Lyons, ESCC’s Public Health director

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.

East Sussex County Council’s Public Health team is lending its support to the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign which runs until 23rd November.

Be Clear on Cancer logoThe campaign is aimed at improving cancer survival rates, particularly through tackling late diagnosis.  The Department of Health is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and prompting those with relevant symptoms to visit their doctor.

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.

In Wealden there were 51 cases of bladder or kidney cancer in 2012 with 32 deaths.

In East Sussex as a whole 211 cases of bladder or kidney cancer were registered in 2012, the number of registered deaths in the same period from these cancers totalled 113.

Cynthia Lyons added:

It is estimated that around 1,000 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 www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee