Bladder cancer roadshow at the Harvey Centre

Communities / Wed 16th Mar 2016 at 12:16pm

Be Clear on CancerA ROADSHOW raising awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers visits Harlow today (Wednesday, March 16).

Latest figures show that in Harlow around 30 people are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year.

The roadshow, which is setting up in Unit 64 at the Harvey Centre, encourages anyone who notices blood in their urine to visit their GP to get it checked out. The message is to “look before you flush” message and is particularly aimed at women, who may be less likely to do so.

Early diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancer increases the chances of survival, so being aware of the symptoms is crucial.

For those diagnosed at the earliest stage, 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. However, for those diagnosed at a late stage, survival is as low as 10 per cent for kidney cancer and nine per cent for bladder cancer.

A nurse will be on hand at the roadshow to talk to anyone who has any questions and leaflets providing information on bladder and kidney cancers will be available.

Dr Jo Broadbent, deputy director for healthcare, public health and workforce at Public Health England East of England, said: “People may be reluctant to visit their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, thinking that it’s not anything serious. But the Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is a great way for individuals from the local area to learn about the key symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, particularly blood in pee.

“Awareness is crucial, because the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.”

Dad’s Army actor Ian Lavender, who survived bladder cancer, said: “I’m supporting this year’s campaign as a survivor of bladder cancer. It’s a simple message – “look before you flush” – and make sure you go and see your GP if you notice blood in your pee.

“Spread the word, someone you know might have this symptom and reminding them to get it checked could save their life. It saved mine and I’m 70 and still happy to be working.”

Nationally, around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with either bladder or kidney cancer every year, and around 7,600 people die each year. Blood in pee is a symptom in over half of bladder cancers and almost a fifth of kidney cancers.

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