Bladder cancer occurs in the bladder – the organ, located in the pelvic area that stores urine. The most common bladder cancer forms on the inside bladder lining.
Bladder cancer symptoms may include:
- Blood in urine.
- Painful urination.
- Frequent urination.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
Risk Factors & Prevention
You are at a greater risk for bladder cancer if you:
- Smoke or are exposed to smoke.
- Are exposed to manufacturing chemicals used in dyes, rubber, leather, textiles and paint products.
- Are exposed to drugs with cyclophosphamide or arsenic – used to treat cancer and some other conditions.
- Are over the age of 40.
- Are Caucasian.
- Are male.
- Have a family history of bladder cancer or have inherited certain mutations in genes that can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
- Or, have had bladder cancer before.
The causes of bladder cancer are unknown. To help prevent bladder cancer, take antioxidant vitamins and do not smoke. Understanding your genetic make-up with genetic counseling can help determine your risk.