Women in Erewash urged to look for signs of bladder cancer

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Women in Erewash are being urged to be extra vigilant for the signs of bladder cancer.

Public Health England revealed possible factors for poorer survival rates amongst women. A new study by the National Cancer Intelligence Network shows that survival rates for bladder cancer in women are worse than men by about 10 per cent.

The study shows that possible factors for poorer health outcomes include later diagnosis and that women are having rarer forms of the cancer.

The research has prompted calls by health commissioners to renew calls on women to look for the warning signs including blood in urine and pain whilst urinating.

Research has shown there are a number of possible explanations for why women are being diagnosed later, including a 30 per cent higher chance of being diagnosed with the most advanced stage of bladder cancer – than men.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chairman of NHS Erewash Clinical Commission, said: “It is common for urine infections to be mistaken for something more serious because the symptoms are so similar. Clearly visible blood in the urine is the main sign so women need to be vigilant and contact their GP Practice if they are concerned.”