Changes in urination could mean it’s time to see your doctor.
Although bladder cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the U.S., many people are unable to recognize the symptoms. Ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the team at the USC Institute of Urology has been recognized for their expertise in treating all stages of bladder cancer for more than 30 years.
What is bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell growth in the bladder and mostly affects older people. Though women can be affected by bladder cancer, it is more common in men (4:1).
As cancer cells develop, tumors can begin to grow and spread. Certain risk factors, like smoking, some professions, medications and genetic predisposition can contribute to the possible onset of bladder cancer.
Signs and symptoms
The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine — also referred to as hematuria — which is generally painless and may appear slightly red or pink in color.
Certain bladder cancer symptoms may mimic those of other urinary conditions where hematuria can be present, such as urinary tract infections (UTI). Other shared symptoms between bladder cancer and UTIs include pain, urgency, frequency and the inability to urinate.
Because UTIs are common among women and can often be overlooked, it is especially important for them to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Bladder cancer can often be detected early if prompt attention is given to symptoms, so it is important for both men and women to see their doctor if they experience any of the symptoms above.