Letter: Don’t ignore symptoms

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Around 270 people in Nottinghamshire are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. These cancers account for around 125 deaths each year but if diagnosed early, treatment can be successful and more lives can be saved.

If bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage, one-year survival is as high as 92-97%. At a late stage, it drops to just 25-34%.

The Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign highlights the importance of going to your doctor if you have any of the symptoms of bladder or kidney cancer, particularly if you notice blood in your urine.

Blood in pee is a key symptom in over 80% of bladder cancers and over half of kidney cancers.

But, when asked to name cancer signs and symptoms, fewer than three in ten people mention unexplained bleeding.

I would urge your readers to speak to their doctor if they have any of the symptoms, and to encourage any of their friends and family that they are concerned about to do the same.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, please visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee.

Dr Chris Kenny,

Director of Public Health Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City.