Bladder Cancer Symptoms & Signs
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What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?
The symptoms associated with bladder cancer may be the result of less serious problems or infections. If any of these conditions last more than two weeks, your doctor can conduct tests to be sure that you receive the correct diagnosis as soon as possible.
- Blood in the Urine: The first sign of bladder cancer is usually blood in the urine, also called hematuria. The color of the urine may change to a very pale yellow-red. More rarely, the urine may be dark red. Other times, the urine does not change color but blood is found during a routine medical check-up. Hematuria may be caused by other conditions, such as an infection, noncancerous lesion, kidney stones, bladder stones or a benign kidney disease. If blood is found in the urine, follow-up tests can help pinpoint the exact cause.
- Changes in Urination: Frequent urination, pain during urination and a feeling of urination urgency even when the bladder is not full may be bladder cancer symptoms. It is important to recognize that these changes are more commonly a sign of a less serious condition, such as a benign tumor or an infection. An inability to urinate may be a sign of bladder cancer.
- Lower Back Pain: Larger bladder cancers may cause lower back pain.
NOTE: These symptoms may be the result of a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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