The bladder is an area of the body that holds the urine before it is released from the body, and cancer can occur here, typically with older adults. Bladder cancer is a form of cancer that begins when cells in the area of the bladder begin to grow at an uncontrollable rate. The faster these cells grow and the more tumors and growth develop, the cancer can begin to spread to other areas of the body that are in close proximity. Bladder cancer is easier to treat when it is still contained within the walls of the bladder. It is then when symptoms begin to be noticeable. Let’s take a look at a few!
1. Blood in the Urine
One of the most noticeable symptoms related to bladder cancer is finding blood in the urine. Unfortunately, many patients may ignore this symptoms for some time, hoping that it may eventually dissipate. This is especially the case when women experience this symptom, as that it can commonly be confused with periods of menstruation or changes that occur in the female body during menopause. The blood in the urine may be of small amounts, mixing in somewhat inconspicuously, or it could be generated in varying sizes of clots of blood, also known as hematuria. This is the most common symptom of bladder cancer.