Don’t delay: Doctors’ cancer warning to patients

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PATIENTS have been urged not to delay a visit to their doctor as new figures show the number of deaths caused by two forms of cancer.

About 1,030 people across the North East are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer every year, with 400 of those dying from the diseases during a 12 month period.

Statistics show in 2012, 18 men and 13 women in Hartlepool were diagnosed with a form of the cancers, while in County Durham, it stood at 146 for men and 76 for women.

During those 12 months, eight men and seven women died due to the diseases, while in County Durham, the numbers stood at 52 and 37 respectively.

The NHS says more than nine in 10 people in England survive such cancers for at least a year if diagnosed early, but this drops to one in three if diagnosed at a late stage.

The Public Health England Be Clear on Cancer campaign Blood in Pee is being re-run.

Claire Sullivan, a consultant in public health at its North East Centre, said: “Visible blood in pee is a key symptom in many bladder and kidney cancers and anyone who notices it, even if it’s just the once, should see their doctor without delay.”