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Check for blood in your urine

15th October 2013

A public health campaign is urging people to contact their GP if they find blood in their urine. Even if it is only once.

Blood in the urine is a visable symptom in over 80% of patients that had this type of cancer.

The campaign is aiming to diagnose kidney cancer earlier which could help drive down death rates. When diagnosed early, the survival rate for kidney cancer is 97%, but drops to 32% if discovered a late stage.

Kidney Cancer diagnoses have risen by a third in the past 10 years in England which Public Health England claims the rise is due to unhealthy life styles, such as smoking and drinking, which both increase the risk of kidney cancer.

 The possible warning signs include:

  • Blood in urine
  • Needing to urinate very often or suddenly
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain below the ribs that doesn't go away
  • A lump in your stomach

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