131115 BCoC BiP audio FINAL 

Every year, around 16,600 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's just the once, tell your doctor. Let's be clear about bladder and kidney cancer.

Be clear on bladder and kidney cancer

Transcript of 131115 BCoC BiP audio FINAL

This is an audio leaflet about the NHS Be Clear on Cancer

bladder and kidney cancer campaign.

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's "just the once", tell your doctor.

Let's be clear about bladder and kidney cancer.

Every year, around 16,600 people in England

are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer.

Around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year,

but this needn't be the case.

Knowing what to look out for could save lives.

Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men.

Most people diagnosed with these cancers are over 50.

Those who have worked in manufacturing jobs

that involved the use of rubber, dyes, textiles, plastics

or certain other chemicals are more prone to developing bladder cancer.

People on kidney dialysis are more at risk of developing kidney cancer.

If you notice any blood in your pee, even if it's 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.

If you're unable to check for blood in your pee but are concerned,

then speak to your doctor.

Let's be clear about how to spot it.

Blood in your pee is the most common symptom of both types of cancer.

But it's not the only one. Other kidney cancer symptoms include:

A pain below the ribs that doesn't go away, or a lump in your stomach.

Other bladder cancer symptoms include:

Needing to pee very often or very suddenly, or pain while peeing.

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor straight away.

Let's be clear about how important it is to see your doctor.

You're not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out

and, if it's not serious, your mind will be put at rest.

But if it's a condition such as bladder or kidney cancer,

early detection makes it easier to treat.

Seeing your doctor early could save your life.

Having symptoms doesn't mean it's cancer.

Some symptoms may be caused by an infection or kidney or bladder stones,

all of which may need treatment. But don't try and diagnose yourself.

Go and see your doctor now to find out for sure.

Looking out for others.

If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.

You can find your doctor's contact details online at:


Let's be clear about how seeing your doctor early could save your life.

Here are some real-life stories.

Pam Crooks, aged 65 says:

I went to the toilet one morning and saw there was blood in my pee,

so I immediately rang my doctor.

I went for tests at the hospital, which showed that I had kidney cancer.

Because they found it early, it hadn't spread,

and they were able to operate successfully.

Acting quickly probably saved my life.

In fact, it's given me a new lease of life.

I'm now trying to convince my husband to buy a camper van

so we can go off on new adventures.

Pat Hanlon, aged 70, Trustee of Kidney Cancer, says:

When I told my wife I'd noticed blood in my pee,

she said I should make an appointment to see my doctor as soon as possible.

At first, because I felt no pain,

I wasn't sure if I needed to see the doctor,

but I'm glad I listened to her.

The doctor sent me for tests and I was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

But since my treatment in 2004, I haven't had any problems.

I work part-time as a university lecturer and I'm even writing a book.

And Tony Kirkbank, bladder cancer survivor, says:

If you notice any blood in your pee,

it's very important to see your doctor as soon as possible.

Let's be clear about how to reduce your chances

of getting kidney or bladder cancer.

Stop smoking.

It's never too late to quit.

No matter what age you stop smoking,

it reduces your chances of developing kidney or bladder cancer

and makes a real difference to your health in general.

There's plenty of support and help available from the NHS.

Visit smokefree.nhs.uk

Or call: 0800 169 0169.

Look after yourself.

Try to maintain a healthy weight and keep active.

Swimming, cycling, dancing - the more you can do, the better.

Even walking to your local shops instead of taking the bus can make a difference.

Eat healthily.

Try to get your 5-A-Day.

So eat more vegetables and fruit, fish and wholegrain foods.

Eat less fattening foods like cakes and pastries

and fewer processed meats like bacon and ham.

Unclear on anything? If so, visit:


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Produced by Williams Lea, BDS Communications,

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