Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women
Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is expected to be diagnosed in 38,000 men and 15,000 women in the United States in 2003. Treatment is most successful when the disease is caught early.
What are common symptoms of bladder cancer?
- Blood in the urine that is:
- Visible (dark red)
- Intermittent (occasional)
Is there a way to prevent bladder cancer?
Not smoking is the most important thing a person can to do help prevent bladder cancer. If you already have bladder cancer, you should still stop smoking because bladder cancer often recurs, and smoking could bring about a recurrence.
Remember what your mother told you, and drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet. There is no absolute scientific proof that this will prevent bladder cancer, although it certainly can’t hurt.
What can people do to improve early detection?
People should be alert to blood in their urine if it is painless and grossly red. They should seek medical attention and not be satisfied if they are told they may only have an infection.
How treatable is bladder cancer?
If caught early, bladder cancer is a curable disease. If caught late, it is more difficult.