10 Bladder Cancer Symptoms

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The bladder is a hollow and expandable organ located in the pelvis and part of the urinary system. Its function is to collect urine. Bladder cancer occurs when healthy bladder cells, usually urothelial cells start multiplying out of control, which leads to the formation of a mass, known as a tumor. There are three main types of bladder cancer: urothelial (transitional) carcinoma, occurring in about 90% of cases, squamous cell carcinoma occurring in about 4 % of cases, and adenocarcinoma, occurring in only about 2% of cases.

Other rare types of bladder cancer can occur as well, such as sarcoma, small cell anaplastic cancer, etc. Bladder cancer is more common among males than females, with a ratio of 3:1. Furthermore, the incidence of this disease increases with age. Thus, the median age of diagnosis of bladder cancer is 72 years. Let’s explore some bladder cancer symptoms:

Symptom #1: Painful Urination

Dysuria, or painful urination as it is commonly known, is one of the symptoms of bladder cancer. It usually becomes noticeable in the early stage of bladder cancer. Patients describe this as a burning sensation or as a radiating pain while urinating. In non-inflammatory bladder conditions (i.e. tumors) the irritation of the urethral or bladder lining (mucosa), and the decreased elasticity and capacity of the organ can result in dysuria.

Dysuria is usually constant, even though it may come and go sometimes. Note that this symptom is not specific for bladder cancer. Other conditions that may cause dysuria include urinary tract infections, drugs, sexually transmitted infections, and more. If you experience dysuria, you should seek medical attention.

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