If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's just the once, tell your doctor.
Blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder cancer or kidney cancer, which is why it's so important to see your doctor straight away. Chances are it's nothing serious, but you're not wasting anyone's time by getting it checked out. Call your GP today. Early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor could save your life.
Following tests, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Just six months after treatment, I was able to go sailing around Britain with my husband because my cancer was caught early.
Geraldine Sinfield, aged 70
Blood in your pee is a key symptom for both types of cancer, but other symptoms include:
If you have any of these symptoms, see your GP as soon as possible. If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.
You're not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out. Whatever the problem, your doctor is there to help.
At your appointment, your GP may ask about your symptoms, family history and whether you've been exposed to any possible causes of bladder or kidney cancer, such as smoking.
In some cases, your GP may request a urine sample, so it can be tested in a laboratory for traces of blood.
Your GP may also carry out a physical examination.
If your doctor suspects cancer, you'll be referred to a hospital for further tests.
Find out what to expect when you see your doctor – watch the video.
Ambassador, Kidney Cancer UK
In April 2016 I went to the toilet, looked down and thought, “Who’s poured a glass of red wine in here?” I was stunned to realise it was me – I was passing blood! I went to the doctor first thing the next day. He arranged for me to have some tests and I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The NHS were amazing. I had an operation and was back at work in July 2016.
Supporter of The Urology Foundation
I noticed blood in my pee in late 2013. I knew something was wrong and made an appointment to see my doctor immediately. Following tests, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Just six months after treatment I was able to go sailing around Britain with my husband because my cancer was caught early. Recently I have been told that I no longer need to receive annual check-ups, which is a huge relief.
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. Most people diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancers are over 50, although people of all ages can be affected.
Smokers have a much higher risk of these cancers. Other things that increase your risk of getting bladder or kidney cancer include:
A healthy lifestyle can help you reduce your risk of bladder cancer or kidney cancer. Some ways to stay healthy are:
For more information on how to reduce your risk of cancer, visit nhs.uk/reduce-your-risk.
If you don't check, you may not notice blood in your pee. So remember to look before you flush the toilet.
Content last reviewed: July 2018