If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.
Around 19,100 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men. Bladder and kidney cancers can affect people of all ages but are most common in people over 50.
Things that increase the risk of bladder and/or kidney cancer include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Some jobs, because of exposure to certain chemicals
- Other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
- A family history of cancer
In England, around 8,000 people die from bladder or kidney cancer each year, but this needn’t be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives. 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.