Bladder Cancer – The bladder’s primary function is to store urine that the body is preparing to leave the body through the urinary tract. It is a hollow and flexible organ located in the pelvis. Bladder cancer occurs when cells inside of the organ grow out of control eventually forming tumors that can become cancerous and even spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms – The most visible and usually first outward sign of trouble would be the discovery of blood in the urine. It would not be uncommon to see blood one day and not the next tricking someone into thinking it’s not really a problem at all. These cells develop, tumors can form and can spread to other areas of the body.
How does one tell they may have bladder cancer? Early detection of bladder cancer is common, for the disease can cause blood in the urine. Depending on the actual cells and cell growth, in most cases, blood in the urine initially signals the potential of bladder cancer. If there is enough blood, the color of the urine could change to orange, pink, and rarely, a dark red.
Symptoms – If any of these symptoms present themselves then a checkup with your doctor is certainly called for an unusual frequency of needing to urinate, the color of your urine changes, you feel a burning sensation or it hurts to pee, you always feel like you need to go even if the bladder is empty, you are unable to urinate or able to only go a very little bit.
Prognosis – if you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer there are a number of options that have proven successful including surgery to remove the tumor in the early stages, a cystectomy is where a portion of the bladder causing concern is removed. With all of the combined risk factors and types of bladder cancer, it is important to get checked often.
Ribbon – the awareness ribbon for bladder cancer is a combination of purple, yellow and blue