Bladder cancer is most common in people aged over 60, with more men developing the disease than women. Here are 3 common early warning signs of bladder cancer to be aware of.
Bladder cancer develops when abnormal cells in the bladder start to mutate, grow uncontrollably and more rapidly than normal cells. This can be caused by genetics, age, family history or lifestyle factors such as smoking. Bladder cancer is harder to detect than other types of cancers and symptoms often mirror less serious conditions. Knowing how to read the early warning signs can be vital for early treatment options.
Be vigilant of these key early warning signs. If any of these symptoms present themselves, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for assessment.
Blood in The Urine
Blood in the urine (hematuria) is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. This will often appear suddenly and is not painful. Blood in your urine may not always be red. It can also present as pink or cloudy orange. Sometimes it will not be visible at all and can only be detected with a microscope. Although a small amount of blood in your urine may not seem like a major concern, it is wise to see your urologist right away.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a less common symptom of bladder cancer but should still be monitored with precaution. Those experiencing ongoing pain in the lower back for more than two weeks should seek medical advice. Pain in the lower back is more common in patients diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer, and less so in patients during the early stages.
Back pain is a very common problem impacting most people at some point in their lives. However, it can also suggest other ailments or illnesses. This may include an infection or bladder stones. As these conditions can also be serious, it is best to consult your urologist for advice.
Changes in Urination Habits
A change in urination habits may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer. These types of changes may include:
• Trouble urinating
• Inability to empty bladder after urinating
• A burning sensation while urinating
• Frequent need to urine
More often these symptoms are caused by a UTI, bladder stones or even enlarged prostate. However, it is still important to take notice of any changes in your urination habits and talk with your urologist to be safe.
If you notice any of the early warning signs of bladder cancer, seek an assessment from your doctor. While many of these symptoms relate to less serious conditions, it is always a good idea to discuss them as early as possible.
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