Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

People urged to know the signs of bladder and kidney cancer after 200 deaths in Suffolk and north Essex in 2013

12:58 16 February 2016

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked in the worst performing hospitals in the UK for its cancer referrals

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked in the worst performing hospitals in the UK for its cancer referrals

Katarzyna Bialasiewicz

More than 200 people died from bladder and kidney cancers in Suffolk and north Essex in 2013, new figures have revealed.

Dr Simon RudlandDr Simon Rudland

More than 200 people died from bladder and kidney cancers in Suffolk and north Essex in 2013, new figures have revealed.

It has prompted a renewed appeal for people to ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ and not to ignore blood in urine.

The figures, the most recent available, were released by NHS England today as part of its annual Be Clear on Cancer campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of kidney and bladder cancer, and urging people not to ignore blood in their urine.

In Suffolk, 252 people were diagnosed with either kidney or bladder cancer in 2013, and 110 people lost their battles, while in north Essex – in the Colchester, Braintree and Tendring areas – 172 were diagnosed and 80 died.

Across the east of England in the same period, more than 900 people lost their lives as a result of the two diseases.

This week, NHS England revealed having blood in urine is a main symptom in 53% of bladder cancer cases, and almost a fifth in kidney cancer cases on average.

Dr Simon Rudland, partner GP at Stowhealth in Stowmarket, said: “The key thing for us as GPs is we want to spot and diagnose cancers as early as possible. Part of that requires us to be vigilant as doctors, but also patients presenting symptoms to us.

“If you have got blood in your urine, particularly if there is no pain, there’s likely to be something not right. You can get blood in your urine for a urinary tract infection or for kidney stones, but if there’s no pain that’s a bit more worrying and we would always investigate that further.

“We want patients to help professionals by reporting abnormal symptoms early. It gives us a much better chance of making an early diagnosis.

“If we are trying to help identify cancers early we have got to work with patients together to try and achieve that.

“That’s about our patient population being more aware of abnormal symptoms and us being in a position to respond to that.”

The latest figures show that in the east of England, around 2,162 people are diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancer each year, with 1,523 men and 639 women affected, and that approximately 932 people die from these cancers annually.

Nationally, around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with either bladder or kidney cancer every year, and being able to spot the symptoms and gain an early diagnosis can drastically increase a person’s chances of survival.

According to NHS England, for those diagnosed at the earliest stage (stage 1) the likelihood of surviving five years or more can be as high as 84% for kidney cancer and 77% for bladder cancer. However, for those diagnosed at a late stage survival can be as low as 10% for kidney cancer and 9% for bladder cancer.

Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council, said: “This campaign aims to raise awareness of bladder and kidney cancer as early diagnosis of cancer can save lives.

“More than nine out of 10 cases of bladder and kidney cancer occur in people aged 50 and over, but whatever your age, if you see blood in your pee it always needs to be checked out by your doctor and not ignored.

“There were 253 cases of bladder and kidney cancer across Suffolk in 2013 and 110 deaths. We can decrease the number of deaths if people are diagnosed earlier.

“However, we can also prevent some of these cancers occurring. Smokers have a much higher risk of developing these cancers with nearly four in 10 bladder cancers and one in four kidney cancers estimated to be caused by smoking.

“Being overweight or obese is also a risk... a healthy lifestyle decreases your risk of developing cancer.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Frankel welcomes guests to Newmarket National Heritage Centre

Her Majesty The Queen is to officially open the new £15million National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in the Suffolk town of Newmarket, where many of her own horses are trained and stabled.

Abnormal loads will be making their way along the roads of Suffolk over the next two weeks

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way along the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

Halloween party at Orford  in November 1972

The shops in Ipswich town centre are stocked up with witches outfits and trick or treat supplies, and supermarkets are doing a roaring trade in pumpkins as Halloween fast approaches.

The Long Shop, Leiston, the Final Fling, steam engines and stalls 
- Roger Threadgold and Dave Bennett with their Classic Butchers Van

Exhibits at one of Suffolk’s favourite museums got all steamed up for the final time this season.

Pause With a Cause Dog Walk at Glemham Hall on Sunday for East Anglian Air Ambulance. Pictured:  Julie Knights with  Flash, Bella and Elba

The second Paws with a Cause dog walk took place at Glemham Hall at the weekend, raising vital funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

File photo dated 12/08/2010 of a plane taking off from Heathrow airport in Middlesex PRESS ASSOCIATION

Expansion of Heathrow airport has been given the go-ahead by ministers, according to the BBC.

Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham will be the site for the new swimming pool, that can also be used by the community.
Eddie Alcock, Gavin Middleton, Sacha Feeney-Howells and Head Teacher Julia van Ek with the children.

Campaigners who have worked tirelessly to raise half the cash needed for a new community swimming pool have hit a funding block – and fear they may lose the money they have already accrued.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24