Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that develops when the cellular lining of the bladder begins growing rapidly out of control. The cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and tissues nearby, and in rare cases it can spread to other organs.
The most obvious symptom of bladder cancer typically is blood in the urine. Other common symptoms may include pain during urination, increased frequency of urination, and increased urge to urinate. The symptoms are the same as those of a much less serious issue, a urinary tract infection. Therefore, it's important to see Dr. Licht or Dr. Manganiotis as soon as symptoms are noticed.
The top bladder cancer risk factor is smoking, as smokers develop bladder cancer twice as often as non-smokers. Another risk factor is carcinogen exposure. This can occur in any environment where there are chemicals, from factories to hair salons.
Several types of imaging, including ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, may be used in bladder cancer diagnosis. These scans allow Dr. Licht or Dr. Manganiotis to identify abnormalities in the bladder wall. A cystoscopy is a test that allows a closer look at any suspicious areas revealed during imaging. A biopsy can also be performed during a cystoscopy.
Options for treatment include:
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