Be Clear on Cancer: 'Blood in Pee' campaign
A national campaign was launched on the 15th October to raise awareness of cancer in the bladder and kidneys. The presence of blood in your urine could be linked to a urinary tract infection but it could also be linked to something more serious. One key message is to act on symptoms that you may be experiencing as diagnosing problems early can optimise treatment and lead to better outcomes for patients.
When you have passed urine always check to see if there is any blood in the toilet. Obviously if a lady is menstruating this is difficult to tell. Be aware that if you use coloured toilet disinfectants it can be difficult to see if you have passed any blood in your urine. Be more aware of what your body is telling you.
Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health have found common barriers for people not accessing healthcare:
· Difficulty accessing the GP
· Lack of recognition of the seriousness of the symptoms
· Concern about wasting the doctors time
· Being too busy
· Fear of the results
Please don’t hesitate in seeking advice from your GP or practice nurse if you think you have passed some blood. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.
The campaign will run until the 20th November and will be on the TV, radio and in the press. There are two different adverts: one for men and one for women but if you want to find out more information visit NHS official website here