Typically, bladder cancer is successfully treated when caught at an early stage. And one of its first signs is hematuria, or blood in your urine. Two other common symptoms for bladder cancer are frequent urination and painful urination.
The symptoms you need medically evaluated to rule out bladder cancer are:
- low back pain
- painful urination
- frequent urination
- low abdominal pain
- urinary tract infections
Also, you may feel an urge to urinate, yet no urine is produced.
The presence of blood in your urine is not always in an amount you can see. This is one reason a routine urinalysis is an important bladder cancer and overall health maintenance test, especially if you have any of the risk factors. The factors that may increase your risk of bladder cancer:
- interstitial cystitis
- sex ~ men more likely
- arsenic in drinking water
- routine chemical exposure
- age ~ rarely occurs under 40
- long term urinary catheter use
- chemotherapy/radiation therapy
- schistosomiasis ~ parasite infection
- chronic bladder/urinary tract infections
- personal/family history of bladder cancer
- low fluid consumption ~ allows harmful chemicals to linger
If you’ve had bladder cancer, you’re at a high risk for it to recur.
Your kidneys filter harmful chemicals from your bloodstream and move them into your bladder. So flushing your bladder routinely with water is an important healthy lifestyle component for preventing bladder cancer.
The type of bladder cancer with the highest prevalence in the U.S. is transitional cell carcinoma, which occurs in your bladder’s cell lining. To a lesser extent is squamous cell carcinoma, which is believed to be a response to bladder infection and irritation.
Treatments for bladder cancer include:
And some studies suggest that antioxidants found in certain vitamins may reduce your risk for recurrent bladder cancer. The healthiest way to boost your intake of these helpful antioxidants is to increase your dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Urination is a key indicator for the status of your health. As such, you should monitor your urine for hematuria, color, smell, foam, frequency and urinating comfort. Painful, frequent, light peeing is not normal.