Bladder Cancer Symptoms in Men and Women

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer in Men and Women

New York Urology Specialists offer the most innovative treatment options for bladder cancer. Our fellowship-trained urologic oncologist, Dr. Alex, specializes in the treatment of all stages of bladder cancer. According to Dr. Alex, “early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment of bladder cancer.”

The symptoms associated with bladder cancer can be a minor nuisance and are often ignored by patients for a long period of time. The symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions such as urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, and BPH or enlarged prostate in men. Bladder cancer is often diagnosed with a significant delay.

Certainly presence of visible blood in the urine should prompt a urological evaluation. Frequent urination and urgency that is not explained or that does not improve with empiric treatment should lead to an evaluation of bladder cancer

The symptoms often associated with bladder cancer are not unique to bladder cancer. They can be caused by other less dangerous diagnoses including UTI, kidney stones, and enlarged prostate.   It should be noted that because the symptoms below are non-specific, most men and women with these symptoms do not have bladder cancer. However, a thorough professional medical evaluation should be obtained without delay if these symptoms occur.  This is especially true in men and women with risk factors for bladder cancer.

Most Common Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Blood in urine
  • Malaise
  • back pain
  • vague abdominal or pelvic pain discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Renal insufficiency with hydronephrosis

Delay in diagnosis is associated with less chance of cure.  Early evaluation and treatment is a key to the chance to cure.

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