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You are not aloneBladder cancer is a relentless disease affecting thousands of people in the United States. Although the rates for new bladder cancer cases have been falling an average of 1.0% each year over the last ten years, an estimated 81,190 adults (18,810 women and 62,380 men) in the country will still be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2018. In men, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and men are four times more likely than women to contract the disease. Incidence rates in white men are double those of black men. Bladder cancer mostly affects older adults, with ninety percent (90%) of people with bladder cancer being older than 55, and the average age people are diagnosed is 73. In addition, an estimated 17,240 deaths (12,520 men and 4,720 women) from this disease will occur in 2018, according to the American Cancer Society. These unfortunately high numbers are what empowers us to provide the alternative cancer treatments people need to recover and survive. New Hope Medical Center is dedicated to returning your body to its healthy, pre-cancer condition.
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What Is Bladder Cancer?
Even though bladder cancer is very common, it is one type of cancer that most people know very little about. The bladder, located in the pelvis just above and behind the pubic bone, is a hollow organ with flexible, muscular walls. Its primary function is to store urine before it exits the body. Bladder cancer develops in the urinary bladder when cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled manner. The life-threatening disease may also occur anywhere in the urethra, renal pelvis, and ureters.
How Bladder Cancer Begins
Types of Bladder Cancer
Warning Signs or Symptoms
- Hematuria or blood in the urine
- Pyuria or pus in the urine
- Dysuria or painful or difficult urination
- Burning during urination
- Increased need to pee frequently even if the bladder is not full
- Weak urine stream or being unable to urinate
- Pelvic mass or growth in the pelvis
- Pain in the rectal, anal or pelvic area
- Being unable to urinate
- Lower back pain on one side of the body
- Feeling exhausted or weak
- Loss of appetite and sudden weight loss
- Swelling in the feet
- Bone pain
Major Risk Factors
- Age. Bladder cancer is common among people over the age of 55.
- Gender. For men, the chance is 1 in 26 while for women, it is 1 in 88.
- Race. White people are twice as likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer as black people. However, black people are twice as likely to die from the disease.
- Tobacco Use. Smokers are three times more likely to develop bladder cancer. Smoking is responsible for about half of all bladder cancers in both men and women.
- Chemicals. Benzidine and beta-naphthylamine may increase your risk of bladder cancer. People working in rubber, leather, textile, paint, and printing industries may be more prone to the disease because of their exposure to different chemicals and substances. Meanwhile, arsenic exposure through water is also linked to bladder cancer. Exposure depends on your water source, but for Americans, water is not a major source of arsenic.
- Medication and herbal supplements. Dietary supplements that have the ingredient aristolochic acid may be linked to bladder cancer. More so, pioglitazone, a medication used for diabetes, may increase risk of the disease if it’s used for more than a year. However, the link is still being investigated through research.
- Insufficient fluid intake. Fluid intake can also influence a person’s risk for bladder cancer. Those who frequently take fluids, especially water, may have lower chances of incurring the condition, perhaps because they tend to urinate and empty their bladders often. As a result, chemicals and unwanted substances will be easily eliminated from the body and does not sit in the bladder for a long time.
- Family history. People who have relatives and family members with bladder cancer are more likely to develop the condition.
- History of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Cyclophosphamide, a drug used in chemotherapy, can increase the risk of bladder cancer. Meanwhile, those who previously went through radiation treatment is also at an increased risk for bladder cancer.
- Diseases. People who have some forms of schistosomiasis (parasitic disease) and lynch syndrome (inherited condition) may have an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
- Birth defects. If part of the urachus, the connection between the belly button and bladder, remains after birth, it may become cancerous. However, this is a rare occurrence and only accounts for less than 1% of bladder cancer cases. Exstrophy is another birth defect that may increase bladder cancer risk. This occurs when the bladder and the different parts surrounding it form abnormally.
How to Prevent Bladder Cancer
- Don’t smoke
- Limit your exposure to certain chemicals
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
- Drink plenty of water
Bladder Cancer Diagnostic Process
- Medical history evaluation and physical exam. Genetic information plays a crucial role in cancer development. A complete analysis of your medical history is necessary to evaluate your symptoms and risk factors. During the physical exam, a digital rectal exam may be performed to determine the presence of tumors in the bladder. Depending on the results, you may be prescribed to undergo further tests or referred to another specialist.
- Urine Tests. Urinalysis, urine cytology, urine culture, and urine tumor marker tests are usually done to detect bladder cancer.
- Cystoscopy. This procedure allows your physician to inspect the lining of your bladder and the tube that transports urine out of your body. A hollow tube (cystoscope) equipped with a lens will be inserted into your urethra and gently advanced into your bladder.
- Biopsy. If the cystoscopy detects any abnormal masses in the bladder, a biopsy may follow to determine if they are carcinogenic. A sample tissue will be collected and evaluated to confirm the presence of cancer.
- Imaging tests. Imaging tests are necessary to see a detailed picture of the bladder and other parts of the body, which ascertain whether cancer has spread. Imaging tests include CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasound, intravenous pyelogram, retrograde pyelogram, bone scan, and chest x-ray.