HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●» DR Mike Clark, GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield, and NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal lead for urol­ogy

I want to use this week’s Health Mat­ters col­umn to ask read­ers to con­sider a topic many of us don’t like to think about: blood in pee.

Find­ing blood in your urine can be very fright­en­ing, but it’s usu­ally not a sign of any­thing life-threat­en­ing and can of­ten be put down to a kid­ney in­fec­tion or a blad­der in­fec­tion, such as cys­ti­tis.

How­ever, it’s also a key symp­tom for both blad­der and kid­ney can­cers, so you should al­ways see a GP if you do no­tice blood in your pee, even if it’s just to put your mind at rest.

Last year, 41 peo­ple in East­ern Cheshire were di­ag­nosed with blad­der can­cer, while 21 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with kid­ney can­cer. And al­though this may not seem like many peo­ple, by raising aware­ness we can bring these num­bers down even fur­ther.

In­deed, for those di­ag­nosed at the ear­li­est stage (stage 1) the like­li­hood of sur­viv­ing five years or more can be as high as 84 per cent for kid­ney can­cer and 77 per cent for blad­der can­cer.

But, for those di­ag­nosed at a late stage (stage 4), sur­vival is as low as 10 per cent for kid­ney can­cer and nine per cent for blad­der can­cer.

That’s why Pub­lic Health Eng­land is cur­rently run­ning the ‘Be Clear On Can­cer: Blood in pee’ cam­paign, as early de­tec­tion can greatly im­prove life ex­pectancy and spot­ting signs like blood in pee is cru­cial to this. To sup­port the cam­paign, there will be a ‘blood in pee’ road­show at the Grosvenor Cen­tre, Macclesfield, on Tues­day 15 and Wed­nes­day 16 March, when res­i­dents will get the chance to speak with health pro­fes­sion­als and learn more about what signs to look out for.

The CCG has made di­ag­nos­ing can­cer early one of our key com­mis­sion­ing in­ten­tions for 2016 and pub­lic sup­port for cam­paigns such as this one is cru­cial to help­ing us achieve this.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the signs and symp­toms of blad­der and kid­ney can­cer, visit nhs.uk/blood­in­pee.

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