People in Bolton are being urged to ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ as part of a new national campaign.
The NHS Blood in Pee Campaign runs until November 20 and is being supported by Bolton Council and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The campaign aims to raise awareness of a key symptom common to both bladder and kidney cancer and encourage those who notice blood in their urine – even if it’s just the once - to see their doctor straight away.
Both bladder and kidney cancers are more treatable if they are diagnosed early.
As well as high profile TV and radio adverts, there is a series of road shows taking place up and down the country, with Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton hosting the events on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
The road shows will feature information on bladder and kidney cancer, and advice on what to do if anyone experiences blood in their urine.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “I would urge anyone who notices blood in in their urine to make an appointment to see their GP straight away – even if it happens just the once.
“Not all instances will result in a diagnosis but it’s always better to get it checked out and put your mind at rest, and it’s better to do this as soon as possible.
“The road shows will offer people the opportunity to get more information about the symptoms and what to look for, and to discuss any concerns they might have face to face.”
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Chair of NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I welcome this move to raise awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer. We are all now much more aware of cancers such as breast or lung, but many people could not spot the warning signs for cancer of the bladder or kidney. Blood in urine is a key symptom, so please seek advice from your GP Practice Team.”
For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, please visit the road show in Market Place Shopping Centre or visit the NHS website.