More needs to be done to increase awareness about the symptoms of bladder cancer amid fears that not enough people are seeking medical advice after displaying blood in their urine, according to a leading charity.
Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) claimed that fewer than one in five people visit their doctor shortly after showing symptoms of urine tract malignancy, with many patients reluctant to talk about blood in the urine with their GP.
Some 45% of people are unaware that blood in the urine is the biggest warning sign for bladder cancer, while only 5% recognise that smoking can dramatically increase the chances of developing the disease.
ABC, which is the only charity solely dedicated to bladder cancer in the UK, suggested many Britons may be embarrassed to seek medical help after displaying blood in the urine, with men three-times more likely to suffer from the disease than women.
Dr Alison Birtle, an ABC trustee and consultant oncologist, said: “Over 10,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year in the UK.
“It is vital that awareness of the symptoms of bladder cancer is increased to improve understanding about the disease so that people know when and where to go for help.”