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Date: 26 September 2022
Four years ago David Bignell was diagnosed with bladder cancer after he found blood in his urine. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy at Queen Alexandra Hospital and he is now cancer free.
Approximately 25% of cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed at a late stage and David wanted to share his story to encourage others to get any symptoms checked out early.
He said: “Everyone knows that blood in your urine is a bad thing but they’re too embarrassed and scared to say anything about it.
“Another reason is the ‘it’ll be ok’ attitude because the scary symptoms can come and go.
“But I would really plead with people to go and get it sorted, don’t leave it.”
David is now a volunteer at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) and supports others going through a cancer diagnosis.
He recently spoke at PHU’s Bladder Cancer Awareness event as part of Urology Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of urological diseases including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers and other conditions.
The event, which was sponsored by Action Bladder Cancer UK, featured a range of stalls for patients, relatives and the community to find out more about the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer and find out what support is available.
Bladder cancer can affect anyone of any age or gender and over 100,000 people are currently living with the disease in the UK.
David added: “Cancer is a word that sits on your shoulder when you hear it – it doesn’t always sink in straight away but once you’re confronted with it you have to deal with it.
"Anything I can do to help and raise awareness is what I want to do. I can’t speak highly enough about the Urology Department, they were fantastic.”
To find out more about the symptoms and treatment of bladder cancer, visit the NHS website.
If you notice blood in your urine, even if it comes and goes, you should visit your GP.