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NHS Campaign: Be Clear On Cancer

6 March 2013

Hartlepool United are happy to support the Department of Health's important message on bladder and kidney cancer.

Be clear on cancer - don't ignore bleeding.

The Department of Health is promoting an important health message during January to March 2013- "if you notice blood in your pee, even if it is just the once, tell your doctor". 

Blood in your pee can be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer. It could be something much less serious, but it's important you get it checked out. 

Every year around 1,000 people are diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancer in the North of England and nearly half of those die due to the disease. 

But it doesn't have to be this way. 

Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men. Most people diagnosed with these cancers are over 50. Those with a family history of bladder cancer are more prone to developing the disease, as are those who have worked in manufacturing jobs that involved the use of rubber, dyes, textiles, plastics or certain other chemicals. People on kidney dialysis are more at risk of developing kidney cancer. 

If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it is 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. 

Other kidney cancer symptoms include:
  • A pain below the ribs that doesn't go away
  • A lump in your stomach
Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
  • Needing to pee very often or very suddenly
  • Pain while peeing 
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. And if you know anyone who has symptoms, insist they see their doctor.

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