Bladder cancer is not a rare cancer, in the UK it is the 7th most cancer.
However there is very limited public awareness of the disease and it has been overlooked in terms of reasearch spending.
Patient outcomes can be considerably improved by early diagnosis, up to 80% survival rate when caught early. It is not only a disease of older people, younger people can also be affected.
The bladder is a hollow muscular organ that stores urine until you are ready to urinate, it had hold about 500mls of urine.
Bladder cancer is a tumour that forms in the lining of the bladder, the cancer may grow into the other layers in the bladder, the more it advances the harder it is to treat.
The most common symptoms of bladder cancer are:
- Blood in the urine (even just once)
- Recurrant urinary infections
- Frequency, urgency or pain when passing urine when there is no infection
If you have any of these symptoms, please don't hesitate to contact your doctor.
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