10 Sneaky Symptoms That Hide Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is not usually the best known of people and is often overshadowed by more common cancers such as breasts, ovaries, lungs or even skin.

In fact, breast cancer accounts for 12% of diagnoses, 1 in 4 Americans will suffer from lung cancer in their lifetime, 40 to 50% of people aged 65 will suffer from skin cancer while bladder cancer accounts for only 5% of new cancers diagnosed in the United States.

However, 5% still remains a rather high percentage. Experts in the American Cancer Society are predicting nearly 80,000 new cases of bladder cancer by 2017, and it remains the fourth most common cancer in men. But women with this cancer die more than men. This is mainly because the symptoms of this cancer are frequently confused with those of other diseases. In France, it is in sixth place by its frequency and touches 10,000 people per year. And according to statistics, there would be 4,500 deaths a year.

It is therefore vital for both men and women to better understand this cancer.

What is bladder cancer?

Sometimes the cells in the bladder change and do not behave as they should. These changes occur more often than we think but not all of them result in cancer. Some are in the form of non-carcinogenic diseases such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones, or benign tumors such as fibroids or papilloma virus.

But, unfortunately, these changes can turn into malignant tumors or even cancers.

Types of bladder cancer

More than 90% of bladder cancers start in the urothelium lining the inside of your bladder, your urethra and the pelvis of the kidneys. This is called urothelial carcinoma. There is a wide variety of even rarer tumors.

There are several ways to classify bladder cancer, but the most common is the differentiation between invasive and non-invasive cancers.

Noninvasive bladder cancer

This type of bladder cancer only affects the cells of the urothelium and the treatment is generally successful.

Invasive bladder cancer

This cancer extends to connective tissue and muscle walls of the bladder. This typically happens in the more advanced stages of bladder cancer.

How to treat bladder cancer?

The way in which this cancer is treated varies according to the degree, stage, person and category of cancer. For now, the most common treatment methods are surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

During surgery, either the tumor alone or the tumor and a small part of the bladder are removed. You can also remove the entire organ and create a new method to allow the body to evacuate urine: a catheter or urostomy bag attached to your body. Both can have great impact on the patient's life and be difficult to accept both mentally and emotionally.

The 13 symptoms of bladder cancer

These are divided into 2 groups: first and late.

The first symptoms:
  • Presence of blood in the urine (constantly or occasionally)
  • Too much desire to pee
  • Immediate need, sudden or intense to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Burning sensation or pain during urination

Late symptoms:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weightloss
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Change in intestinal habits
  • A hump at your pool
  • Swelling in the legs, scrotum in men and vulva in women
  • Pain in the rectum, anus, pelvis, flank, above the pubic bone or in the bones.
  • How to prevent bladder cancer
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not expose yourself to chemicals or toxic
  • Visit your doctor if you frequently have urinary tract infections or bladder irritations
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Vary your diet and consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.

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