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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 health clinic offers free classes for National Fitness Day

The Crawley based clinic will give locals the chance to try one of their new ‘Bridgefit’ classes.

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A local movement rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic is getting involved in an event which thousands across the country will be participating in – National Fitness Day.

Taking place on 26 September, National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in helping to lead healthier and active lifestyles.

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National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

Bridgeham Clinic is challenging Crawley residents to improve their fitness with a new style of class.

“We are holding FREE 15-minute ‘taster’ Bridgefit classes on the 26th of September from 11.00am to 12.45pm. Come and see what it is all about and whether you are brave enough to sign up!”

What is Bridgefit?

Bridgefit is a fast-paced workout with a cardio element combined with the techniques of Pilates, but with a Bootcamp edge.

Regular classes will usually last 40 minutes to make it possible for those who work to fit a class in to their lunch break.

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For those who want even more of a challenge, they can try a free taster Bridgefit ‘Circuit class’ between 1.00pm and 2.30pm on the 26th September. Bridgefit circuits provide a great workout using the Pilates machines to hone and tone your body.

Call Bridgeham on 01293 542245 to book your place on either or both classes.

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