Observing blood in urine is the most common sign of urinary bladder cancer while there are other urination problems indicating this cancer. Nonetheless, you must understand that the early signs and symptoms of urinary bladder cancer are not severe.
Hematuria or blood in urine is one of the signs of urinary bladder cancer. This sign is often painless and frequently comes and goes. In urinary bladder cancer, the blood is usually present during the urination process. This indicates that something is wrong and you need to immediately go for diagnosis. It is a subtle clue that something may be wrong but not a hard and fast rule.
In around 30% of people with urinary bladder cancer, the following signs and symptoms are observed when urinating:
While these symptoms might be due to other medical conditions like urinary tract infection, you must get it diagnosed at the earliest.
If you feel that urine flow is blocked by something, you must see your doctor. Even irritating symptoms may be the cause of prostate enlargement or any other urinary condition, so you need to get it evaluated for proper treatment. You may feel the given symptoms:
If the urinary bladder cancer passes to other body parts, you may develop some advanced diseases and experience the following generalized symptoms:
Pain is also an indicator of a tumour spreading to other parts of the body. If you observe pain in flank or just above the pubic bone, it can be a rare sign of bladder cancer. Even the pain in the perineum (the section between the penis/vagina and the anus) also occurs due to urinary bladder cancer when it reaches the nearby tissues or organs.
Depending on which area the urinary bladder cancer is spreading, you may start experiencing some rare symptoms in those specific areas. For example:
The exact cause of urinary bladder cancer is not known. However, it occurs due to the abnormal cell growth – when the cells begin to multiply uncontrollably and rapidly, invading other tissues as well.
Here are some of the common reasons behind urinary bladder cancer:
It is the major cause of bladder cancer because tobacco contains certain cancer-causing (carcinogenic) chemicals. If an individual has a long smoking history, these chemicals may have passed down into their bloodstream and filtered by kidneys into the urine, leading to urinary bladder cancer after years of exposure to such carcinogenic chemicals in tobacco.
Exposure to some industrial chemicals is another biggest reason leading to bladder cancer. The chemicals that are known to increase the risk of bladder cancer are:
Certain occupations are also linked to increased bladder cancer risk. These jobs are manufacturing work involving: