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Blood in your pee? See your GP
1:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
SOMERSET'S family doctors are adding their support for a new national campaign to raise awareness of kidney cancer.
The 'Be Clear on Cancer' awareness campaign was launched by Public Health England this week.
Over the next few months a series of national press, radio and television adverts will aim to increase public awareness of the symptoms of the disease and prompt more people to visit their GP for a diagnosis.
Cases of kidney cancer in England have risen by a third in the past 10 years. Deaths have increased by 7% over that time with some 3,500 people dying from kidney cancer in England in 2011.
In Somerset some 260 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year, but of these people just 44% are surviving longer than five years from diagnosis.
Kidney cancer can be successfully treated if diagnosed early enough. However, one of the reasons why as many as half of people with kidney cancer currently die is because they do not recognise the early symptoms of the disease.
Dr Amelia Randle, a Yeovil GP and Macmillan GP cancer lead for Somerset, expressed her support for the new kidney cancer campaign saying:
“Survival in patients with kidney cancer is improving with advances in treatment, but the best way to improve your chances is to catch it early.
“10% of people diagnosed with an advanced stage cancer will survive for five years after diagnosis compared with 90% of those diagnosed early.
"In a local pilot campaign to raise awareness of kidney cancer we found a 25% increase in people seeing their GP with blood in pee and a similar increase in referrals for investigation and treatment.”
Dr Randle added: “I really hope we will see similar results with the national campaign. If you notice blood in your pee or are concerned about possible symptoms, please go and talk to your GP.”
The early warning signs of kidney cancer can include:
• Blood in your pee
• Needing to urinate very often or suddenly
• Pain while urinating
• Pain below the ribs that doesn't go away
• A lump in your stomach
For more information about the symptoms of kidney cancer and view the radio and television adverts go to www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee