The bladder, as most people probably know, is a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvic region which collects and stores urine to be eliminated. It is able to expand to some degree in order to hold an impressive volume of liquid when necessary. Bladder cancer most commonly begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. It is more common in older adults but can occur in just about anyone. Bladder cancer is very treatable when it is detected early, and fortunately, most cases of bladder cancer are. Since bladder cancer is cancer that is very likely to return once it is treated, patients should make sure they are tested regularly for the rest of their lives. Here are a few signs and symptoms that could be an indication of bladder cancer.
Blood or blood clots in the urine is not a symptom that should be ignored by anyone. It could be an indication of something that’s not serious, like a bladder infection, but it could also be a sign that something very serious is going on. This is the most common symptom and is one that does not normally include any pain.
Pain during urination is definitely something that should be looked into. There are causes other than bladder cancer that could be causing this kind of pain, but it is always best to see a doctor to be sure.
3. Frequent Urination
A number of things can cause frequent urination but what makes this symptom somewhat unique when it is caused by bladder cancer is that there is often little urine produced even though someone may need to feel the urge to void rather urgently.
4. Back Pain
Sometimes bladder cancer will cause pain in the lower back area where the kidneys are located.
Bladder cancer can result in swelling, particularly in the lower legs in some cases.
6. Weight Loss
This is one of the more advanced symptoms of bladder cancer and indicates that cancer has spread from the bladder to other areas of the body.