What is Bladder Cancer?
Bladder Cancer is a type of cancer that begins in your bladder — a balloon-shaped organ in your pelvic area that stores urine. Bladder cancer begins most often in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Bladder cancer typically affects older adults, though it can occur at any age.
The great majority of bladder cancers are diagnosed at an early stage — when bladder cancer is highly treatable. However, even early-stage bladder cancer is likely to recur. For this reason, bladder cancer survivors often undergo follow-up tests to look for bladder cancer recurrence for years after treatment.
Bladder cancer may cause these common symptoms:
• Finding blood in your urine (which may make the urine look rusty or darker red)
• Feeling an urgent need to empty your bladder
• Having to empty your bladder more often than you used to
• Feeling the need to empty your bladder without results
• Needing to strain (bear down) when you empty your bladder
• Feeling pain when you empty your bladder
These symptoms may be caused by bladder cancer or by other health problems, such as an infection. People with these symptoms should tell their doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.