DR Mike Clark, GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield, and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinical lead for urology SEPTEMBER is Urology Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of urological disease and end the stigma that can be associated with conditions including urological cancer.
Urology is a medical speciality that deals with the treatment of conditions involving the male and female urinary tract, and the male reproductive organs.
One of the best ways we can combat bladder and kidney cancers particularly is looking out for early signs and symptoms - blood in pee, lower back pain on one side not caused by injury, or unusual weight loss.
Finding blood in your urine can be frightening, but not usually a sign of anything life-threatening and can often be put down to a kidney or bladder infection, such as cystitis, or a kidney stone
However, it’s also a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers, so you should always make a plan to see/speak to a GP if you do notice blood in your pee.
Speaking to a GP quickly is also crucial as people diagnosed with cancer at the earliest stage are more likely to survive and have fewer long-term complications. 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.
For those diagnosed at a late stage, survival can be as low as 10 per cent for kidney cancer and nine per cent for bladder cancer. We want as many people in Eastern Cheshire to live well and survive cancer as possible, which is why we’ve made the early detection and treatment of cancer one of our key priorities.
One in two people are affected by cancer, so we also want to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care and support possible during a very difficult time.
The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which was published in July, showed that more than 90 per cent of Eastern Cheshire people who received cancer treatment in 2015 rated their care as very good or good – but we will never rest on our laurels and will continue to strive to ensure early detection of cancer and that those diagnosed receive the best treatment possible.