Could It Be Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men, but both men and women have a chance of developing it, with age. While treatable, early detection significantly increases the chances of a successful outcome. This Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, arm yourself with knowledge about the risk factors and potential warning signs to watch out for. Continue reading to learn more.

Risk Factors

Certain factors increase your likelihood of developing bladder cancer. These include:

  • Smoking: This is the single biggest risk factor. Smokers are multiple times more likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • Age: Your risk increases significantly after age 55. 73 is the average age of diagnosis.
  • Gender: Men are three to four times more likely than women to get bladder cancer.
  • Chemical Exposure: Those working with certain dyes, chemicals, or rubber are at increased risk.
  • Chronic Bladder Irritation/Infections: A history of these issues can increase your risk.
  • Family History: Having close relatives with bladder cancer slightly elevates your risk.

The Early Signs: What to Look For

Bladder cancer symptoms can sometimes mimic other conditions, so it’s crucial to see a doctor if you notice:

  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria): This is often the first sign. Urine may be pink, red, or dark brown.
  • Changes in Urination: Frequent urination, urgency, pain or burning when urinating.
  • Back or Pelvic Pain: This can be a sign of advanced bladder cancer.

Remember: These symptoms don’t always indicate bladder cancer, but it’s ALWAYS better to get checked.

Early Detection is Key

Treatment for bladder cancer is most effective when caught early. By being proactive and informed, you can make a difference in your health. Spread the word during Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, and encourage others to prioritize their bladder health. If you notice any symptoms, visit or call (214) 580-2266 to schedule an appointment.

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