Types of Cancer
If cells within your bladder begin to grow abnormally, they can form a cancerous tumor. Most bladder cancer begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder.
The following are symptoms of bladder cancer:
- Blood in your urine;
- Pain or burning during urination;
- Having to urinate more frequently;
- Difficulty urinating, including a slow or weak stream;
- Pelvic or back pain.
Risk factors for bladder cancer include:
- Age (it typically occurs in people over 55);
- Gender (bladder cancer is far more common in men);
- A history of tobacco use;
- Exposure to certain industrial dyes or chemicals;
- Exposure to chemotherapy during previous cancer treatment;
- A history of chronic bladder infections, bladder stones or prolonged use of indwelling catheters.
The cancer is typically diagnosed with a cystoscopy, in which a doctor uses a special camera to look inside your bladder. X-rays or CT scans may also need to be taken of your upper or lower urinary tract. For more information, call 618-288-9044.