Bridport Colour Walk by Billy Shearer
UK landmarks light green for
Kidney Cancer Awareness Week
Kidney Cancer UK are lighting up Clock Face of Bridport Town Hall between Monday 1st to Friday 5th February as part of Kidney Cancer Awareness Week. The aim is to raise awareness of kidney cancer, highlight symptoms and the many shortfalls on the path to diagnosis. 21 landmarks across the will be lit green during Kidney Cancer Awareness Week, including the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Blackpool Tower and Ballyclare Town Hall.
Kidney Cancer UK provides free support services to patients, their families, and carers to help reduce the impact of the disease.
Mary Stopher, a former kidney cancer patient from Essex said:
“The incidence of kidney cancer is rising. It is a silent killer often with no symptoms, and sadly many patients are being diagnosed at late stages. When I was diagnosed, I didn’t even know kidney cancer existed which I know is common for many patients. Raising awareness of kidney cancer is a necessity to change this. If detected early, patients can have treatment with good outcomes. We need to get people talking, to know of its existence, the symptoms, and to get them checked! This will save lives and enable patients to live their lives longer with their loved ones.”
Now in its sixth year, Kidney Cancer Awareness Week aims to raise the overall profile of the disease across the UK by highlighting symptoms and the many shortfalls on the path to diagnosis. Each year in the UK 13,059 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer, and it accounts for 3% percent of all new diagnoses. The disease is notoriously difficult to identify in its early stage with over 49% of patients in our Kidney Cancer UK Patient Survey 2020 (publication 1st of February 2021) saying their diagnosis was an incidental finding, or identified during a visit to A&E. Despite being the seventh most common cancer in the UK, kidney cancer remains relatively unheard of; but together we can change that.
You can follow the campaign on social media using the #KCAW2021 or by following Kidney Cancer Scotland on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information go to www.kcuk.org.uk.