The bladder, as most people probably know, is a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvic region which collects and stores urine to be eliminated. It is able to expand to some degree in order to hold an impressive volume of liquid when necessary. Bladder cancer most commonly begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. It is more common in older adults but can occur in just about anyone. Bladder cancer is very treatable when it is detected early, and fortunately most cases of bladder cancer are. Since bladder cancer is a cancer that is very likely to return once it is treated, patients should make sure they are tested regularly for the rest of their lives. Here are a few signs and symptoms that could be an indication of bladder cancer.
Blood or blood clots in the urine is not a symptom that should be ignored by anyone. It could be an indication of something that’s not serious, like a bladder infection, but it could also be a sign that something very serious is going on. This is the most common symptom and is one that does not normally include any pain.