Urological cancer is one of the more common types of cancers. It has serious consequences as it can affect your kidney, bladder and other parts of the urinary system. More than 70,000 people in the US each year are diagnosed with bladder cancer, with men being three to four times more likely to get infected.
If you want to know whether there’s something wrong with your bladder, then you might want to check if your body is showing one of these 11 signs:
1. Blood in the urine
This is the number one sign that there something seriously going wrong, with colors ranging from pink to red to brown. You can’t see it with the naked eye sometimes, and try not to panic, as it can also mean you have UTI, kidney stones or bladder infections. Immediately consult a physician if you encounter blood in your urine more than once.
2. Pain in the pelvis
When there’s a cancerous tumor in the bladder wall, you might be able to feel pain or pressure. Once again, if you’re experiencing this, it’s best to consult a physician.
3. Frequent urination
A sign for an infection along with bladder cancer, if you take frequent wees during the day and night then that could indicate the presence of an illness. To the doctor, immediately.
4. Unable to urinate
A blockage in the urinary tract may just stop you from passing urine, so you might have to take an exam to see if it’s being caused by anything from kidney stones, cysts, tumorous growths or other.
5. Having to pee even though you just did
Even though your bladder is empty and you just had a wee, you immediately get an urge to have another one. Consult a health professional if this is the case for you.
6. Burning or pain while urinating
A painful or burning urination can be linked to a variety of illnesses, but it occurs in only three cancer types: bladder, kidney and prostate.
7. Back pain
Back pain is considered a sign that bladder cancer has advanced, but it could also mean that you have a kidney infection or other urological condition. Get it checked out, if anything, to rule out any panic-inducing situations.
8. Swollen feet
Swelling in the feet or ankles is another sign that your cancer has possibly advanced and reached other areas of your body, and it too is a sign of either kidney or bladder cancer.
9. Weight and appetite loss
Common with many cancers, a loss of appetite or weight could mean that cancer cells have invaded the body. If you feel any changes in your dietary habits, you should probably consult a doctor immediately.
10. A weak or exhausted feeling
The last symptom that you may feel if you don’t have any urination problem can be weakness or fatigue. Cancer can lead to fluid buildup in the body, which in turn can make you feel sluggish.
11. Recurring urinary tract infections
Cystitis – also known as a urinary tract infection – has symptoms so similar to bladder cancer that can be misdiagnosed as a regular infection. But when you keep having UTIs over and over, it may be time to visit a urologist for a definitive diagnosis to rule out bladder cancer. Some patients report getting treated for recurring UTIs when it was actually cancer.
Risk factors for bladder cancer include: Smoking, chronic tract infections, family history, exposure to water filled with toxic substances like arsenic etc.
Check out the video below for a more detailed look into bladder cancer and its related symptoms: