10 Facts You Should Know About Cancer in the Bladder


Sep 4, 2012
Bladder is that part of the urinary tract that holds urine which is passed from time to time. Cancer in the bladder refers to the growth of cancer cells in the bladder tissues revealed through a cystoscopy. Symptoms include blood or blood clots in the urine, pain while passing urine, frequent urination but in small amounts, etc. Besides cystoscopy, doctors may also diagnose through tests such as urine cytology, Intravenous Pyelogram, tumor marker tests or the FISH test (Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization). Below are some of the lesser known facts about this deadly disease; 1. Although smoking is ideally linked to lung cancer, recent research has found smoking to be a major cause. Cigarettes contain a toxic chemical called betanapthylamine is responsible for this. 2. Those exposed to chemicals through dyes, paints, etc. are more prone to contract bladder cancer. It may also be because of a continual irritation in the bladder lining. 3. Besides the direct symptoms already mentioned above, some indirect symptoms include lower back pain, swelling in the legs, weight loss, etc. 4. Sometimes, a simple and standard urine test can reveal an abnormality when the cells shed routinely can indicate the presence of a defective gene. This was concluded by Dr. Bert Vogelstein of the John Hopkins University who also discovered that bladder cancer contained a mutated gene called p53. 5. Around 74,690 cases of bladder cancer were reported in 2014 alone. 6. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with bladder cancer. While one in 26 men are likely to suffer, only one in 90 women can be affected. 7. Similarly men who live close to their 70s are more likely to suffer from bladder cancer. 8. Cancerous growth in the innermost lining of the bladder (called urothelial) is the most common type of bladder cancer. In fact, almost 9 out of 10 people are diagnosed with urothelial cancer. 9. When the cancer growth is superficial or non invasive, the survival rate of patients is 96%. This is reduced to 70% if the cancer is deep and has spread to other parts. 10. Treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. This usually depends on the stage that the cancer is in. Surgical removal of the cancer causing tissue also takes place if the patient is determined to be a low risk one. And sometimes, the part of the organ that causes the cancer is removed to destroy the cancer cell. When the cancer is spread deep in to the bladder, doctors often remove the sexual organs as well- a part of the vagina among women and a part of the prostate among men. Having cancer in the bladder? Are you following your doctor’s instructions? Nope, then you must read this article. Here the author describes about the facts that are necessary for a person dealing with bladder cancer.