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 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 4:1. Usually, it affects elder people, over the age of 55 years old. 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. The tumorous mass which grows inside the bladder and presses it, regardless of its size, will lead to painful urination.
Dysuria is usually consistent, even though it may come and go sometimes. If you have persistent burning sensation while urinating than you should seek medical help and get evaluated.