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Crawley NHS urge residents: ‘Look before you flush’ to improve cancer

Local residents are encouraged to check for early symptoms of having blood in their pee, as survival chances increase with early diagnosis.

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Crawley residents at higher risk of bladder and kidney cancers are being urged to ‘look before you flush’ to check for the early symptoms of having blood in their pee, as early diagnosis increases chances of survival.

Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men.

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Most people diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancers are over 50, although people of all ages can be affected. Smokers have a much higher risk of these cancers, other things that increase the risk include:

• being overweight or obese
• having other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
• a family history of cancer

A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of bladder cancer or kidney cancer, including stopping smoking and people looking after themselves by cutting down on alcohol, keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr Laura Hill, Clinical Chair of Crawley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), said:

“It is important to recognise that blood in pee could be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer and if you don’t check, you may not notice, so we are urging people at a higher risk of these cancers to look before they flush the toilet.

“We know that people don’t always immediately visit their doctor if they spot blood in pee, which can be for a number of reasons. Some might ignore the symptoms, especially if it only happens once, but if you do notice blood in your pee, don’t wait for it to happen again before getting it checked out it is important that you visit your GP.”

More information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers is available from www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee

Those without a GP can easily find their nearest one to register with at www.nhs.uk.

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.

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Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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