Raising awareness about bladder cancer is a key objective of Fight Bladder Cancer. Most people have never heard of bladder cancer. Most people diagnosed with bladder cancer had never heard of it until it crashed into their lives.
This lack of awareness has caused it to be a Cinderella cancer, with people who have heard of it thinking it is very rare. This is so far from the truth. Bladder cancer is the 7th most common cancer in the UK and the 5th most common cancer in the Western world. It can affect anyone, male or female, young or old, and there haven't been any new treatments for over 30 years. Despite this, it only gets 0.5% of the cancer research spend and is the only top 10 cancer for which the prognosis is getting worse.
People are unaware of the main symptoms, and how serious it can be. Early diagnosis is key to improving the likelihood of beating this cancer, and it is essential that more people know about this cancer and its symptoms. By just talking about bladder cancer openly with your friends and relatives you can help. If everyone reading this tells just two people, and then those two people tell another two ... it all helps.
We hold awareness campaigns on a regular basis and work to get stories into newspapers and onto the radio and TV.
Making a donation or fundraising can really help our awareness efforts, but there are three practical things you can do to help that will make a big difference.
Patient stories in the local or national press, radio or TV are always another good way of raising awareness. If you are happy for your story to be featured, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to get more involved in raising awareness, please take a look at our Events Calendar to see if you can help in an existing campaign or event.
We’ve done everything we can to make all the information on this site as accurate as possible. Whilst we have had support from a small team of medical professionals advisors to review the general medical content of this site, please remember, that only YOUR medical team can give YOU specific advice about YOUR symptoms or illness. We encourage you to discuss any potential options with them.