July is Bladder Cancer awareness month!
Bladder cancer can often be found early because it causes blood in your urine and other urinary symptoms. Bladder cancer begins when cells in the urinary bladder start to grow uncontrollably. As more cancer cells develop, they can form a tumor and spread to other areas of the body. Urothelial carcinoma (transitional cell carcinoma) is the most common type of bladder cancer. These cancers start in the urothelial cells that line the inside of the bladder.
Here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:
• Blood in the Urine
• Having to urinate more often than usual
• Pain or burning during urination
• Feeling as if you need to go right away, even when the bladder is not full
• Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream
Bladder cancers that have grown large enough or have spread to other parts of the body can sometimes cause other symptoms, such as:
• Being unable to urinate
• Lower back pain on one side
• Loss of appetite and weight loss
• Feeling tired or weak
• Swelling in the feet
• Bone pain
Some Risk Factors:
• Workplace Exposure
• Some medicines and herbal supplements
• Arsenic in drinking water
• Age, Gender, and genetics
Information is from the American cancer society website. It can be found at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/bladder-cancer.html
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