After you urinate, do you ever check the toilet? If not, you could be putting your health at risk, as you’re overlooking a very serious symptom.
The number one sign of bladder or kidney cancer is blood in the urine, yet only 16 percent of people (men more than women) take the time to peak into the toilet. This had led government agencies to push campaigns encouraging people to investigate the toilet prior to flushing.
Professor Julia Verne explained, “Our research shows only a small number of people check the color of their pee every time they go to the toilet. People need to get into the habit of looking before they flush to spot any signs of blood in their pee.”
Blood in urine – or hematuria – is a painless condition, so unless you look in the toilet, there isn’t any indication that you just urinated blood. Blood may not always appear bright red and may look pink or even brown in color.
For some patients, other accompanying symptoms include pain while urinating, higher frequency of urination, and a burning sensation while peeing. These symptoms should always be checked out by your doctor because they’re also symptoms for a urinary tract infection.
It’s highly important that bladder and kidney cancer is discovered early on, as early diagnosis increases the odds of survival and reduces the risk of complications.
Take an extra two seconds before flushing to take a look into the toilet. Any color that doesn’t appear in the yellow-hue could be an indication of a more serious problem.
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