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Bladder cancer

Bladder cancer symptoms

Because the bladder is responsible for holding urine after it is produced by the kidneys, many symptoms of bladder cancer may relate to urination abnormalities.

Early warning signs of bladder cancer

Blood in the urine (hematuria) is typically the first sign of bladder cancer. Blood may cause the color of the urine to change to orange, pink or, rarely, dark red. Blood may be present on a regular basis or disappear and reappear over the course of days or weeks.

Early-stage bladder cancer doesn't usually cause pain or other symptoms besides bleeding. But blood in the urine doesn't always mean bladder cancer. It's more likely to be caused by a less serious condition, such as an infection.

Changes in urination may be another early sign of bladder cancer. Frequent urination, pain during urination, an inability to urinate, and a feeling of urination urgency, even when the bladder is not full, may be symptoms of bladder cancer, but these changes are more commonly a sign of a less serious condition, such as a benign tumor or an infection.

Signs of advanced bladder cancer

When bladder cancers grow larger or spread to other areas of the body, they may cause symptoms including:

  • Lower back pain, generally focused on one side
  • Bone pain
  • Feet swelling

If your doctor suspects bladder cancer, he or she will order tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.