May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, and the Marie Keating foundation have a bladder cancer awareness campaign, Give Bladder Cancer The Red Card!
Bladder cancer is one of Ireland’s most common cancers, affecting over 490 men and women each year. However, when detected early, bladder cancer is very treatable.
Their Give Bladder Cancer The Red Card campaign is asking you to be aware of your body, and if you notice a change to speak to your GP.
Some of the common signs and symptoms to be aware of when it comes to bladder cancer are:
• Blood in urine
• Recurrent urinary tract infections
• Needing to urinate suddenly and more frequently
• Pain when passing urine
• Pain in the lower back or abdomen
Research shows that men are three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women. Fronted by legendary hurler Davy Fitzgerald, this campaign is designed to encourage men to take an interest in their own health, to be aware of the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer, and to reach out for help when they need it.
“I’ve had my fair share of red cards but one red I never want to see is blood in my urine. With far more men affected by bladder cancer than women, knowing the warning signs of bladder cancer can save lives. We all need to watch our health as we get older, so if you ever see blood in your urine or have any other concerns, make sure you don’t ignore them – get it checked even just for peace of mind.” Davy Fitzgerald
One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply remember the Bladder Health Code.