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 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.

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