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Bladder Cancer

Chesapeake Urology's Cancer Care Team Delivers the Very Best Care for the Best Outcomes

At Chesapeake Urology, our physicians are leading experts in the care of urologic issues and health conditions such as cancer. When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, you are part of a team of cancer professionals dedicated to delivering the most advanced, compassionate and personalized care. Our specialists will walk you through your experience every step of the way, ensuring your comfort and the best possible outcomes.

About Bladder Cancer

The majority of bladder cancer cases develop in individuals over the age of 55 years. When bladder cancer is diagnosed and treated early, it is can often be treated successfully.

The bladder is a balloon shaped organ that collects urine from the kidneys and stores it until it is eliminated through a tube called the urethra. The most common type of bladder cancer, transitional or urothelial cell, starts in the lining of the bladder

Common Symptoms
Early stages of bladder cancer often produce no symptoms. Your first warning sign may be hematuria (blood in your urine that may be visible or only be visible under a microscope).

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination or feeling an urge to urinate without results
  • Slow or intermittent urine stream
  • Pelvic pain

These symptoms may indicate other medical problems, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones or prostate disorders; you will need a thorough evaluation to determine the cause.

Risk Factors
The following factors increase your risk of bladder cancer:

  • Cigarette smoking - the single greatest risk factor for bladder cancer
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals
  • Chronic bladder inflammation or foley catheter use
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy for other cancers

Less common risk factors may include:

  • Age - the average age is 67
  • Sex - men are at much higher risk
  • Race - Caucasians are at higher risk
  • Family or personal history of bladder cancer

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for bladder cancer here.