Recognizing the Early Signs of Bladder Cancer

Posted by Admin on April 26, 2010
Bladder cancer causes the death of around 13,000 people in America every year. Dr. Sherryl Lee urges people to pay attention to possible signs of the disease. Dr. Lee claims, "Bladder cancer is not as common as other cancers we often hear about, like prostate cancer and breast cancer. We know that older people tend to develop bladder cancer. The average age is around the range of 65; so it's much more common in older populations. Those who smoke are always at greater risk, so we always want to caution people about smoking; we recommend smoking cessation programs. Those who have been exposed to chemical agents, particularly at work, like industrial solvents, paints, paint thinners, increase the risk of bladder cancer development."

"For many patients there may be no symptoms. When the disease does present, the most common symptom is blood in the urine. Occasionally it may cause some symptoms in the way a patient may urinate, frequency of urination, or urgency of urination. Sometimes theres pain or difficulty while urinating. As the disease progresses, we may find additional symptoms. These include abdominal pain, pain in the bones. But these symptoms only reflect very advanced diseases."

"The success of treatments for bladder cancer are highly dependent on what stage the bladder cancer is in. Tumors that are discovered in the early stage, meaning they are just on the surface of the bladder and not invading the wall of the bladder, are highly curable when compared with advanced cases. So catching this disease early is important"

"If someone is concerned they may have symptoms suggestive of bladder cancer, they should see a urologist. The urologist will then do a series of tests at a clinic to help diagnose your symptoms. It's very important for patients to pay attention to the symptoms they may experience. For example, if someone has blood in the urine, they may have the tendency to dismiss that or ignore that. I can't emphasize enough that it's very important for patients with that symptom to be evaluated by a physician. Blood in the urine is never normal and should always be evaluated."

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