BARNSLEY residents have been urged to visit their doctor if they notice blood in their pee.

The message comes as part of the national ‘be clear on cancer’ campaign which highlights the signs of bladder and kidney cancer.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: "In 2012, 82 people in Barnsley were diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer, with 38 deaths registered for these diseases.

"It’s important that people know the signs and visit their doctor as soon as possible."

People who have worked in manufacturing jobs handling rubber, plastics or certain other chemicals are also more prone to developing bladder cancer.

Dr Nick Balac, GP and chair of NHS Barnsley CCG said: "Blood in people’s pee is the most common symptom of both bladder and kidney cancer.

"Symptoms can include needing to pee often or very suddenly or experiencing pain when peeing.

"Having these symptoms doesn’t mean it’s cancer but I urge people to see their GP to find out for sure."