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Hampshire health bosses back new campaign
IT MAY only have happened the once, but getting it checked out could save your life.
That is the message from Hampshire health bosses who are on a mission to slash the number of deaths caused by kidney and bladder cancer.
They are backing the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign ‘Blood in Pee’, which is urging residents across the county to visit their GP if they spot any signs of blood in their urine.
In Hampshire around 400 new cases of kidney and bladder cancer are diagnosed every year, but the earlier the disease is spotted the chances of beating it are dramatically improved.
So residents are bring warned to get it checked out sooner rather than later because ignoring it could reduce chances of survival.
Although there are other symptoms for these cancers, blood in the urine is the most common one in more than 80 per cent of bladder cancers and more than half in kidney cancer cases.
Figures show that twice as many men are diagnosed with kidney and bladder cancers than females in Hampshire and of those diagnosed, the majority will be over 50.
Those who have worked in manufacturing jobs that involved the use of dyes, diesel and some other chemicals are also at an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for health and wellbeing at Hampshire County Council, said: “We want to raise awareness that if you find blood in your pee, even if it is ‘just the once’ it is not normal.
“Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see your doctor early if you have any of them could save your life. “You will not be wasting their time and if it is not serious your mind will be put at rest. ”
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