One of the first bladder cancer signs is hematuria, or blood in the urine. The urine may change color when there are traces of blood. These colors can range from orange, to pink to dark red. At other times, the urine color will not change and will only be found when a urinalysis is done. Frequent urinations, pain while urinating and urgency are also signs of bladder cancer.
Blood in the urine can be present for a day or two and then vanish for weeks or even months. However, sooner or later the blood will reappear. If you are unable to urinate or experience lower back pain with urinary incontinence, it is time to visit your healthcare provider.
In the early stages of bladder cancer, the patient may not experience any signs or symptoms. As the disease progresses, other bladder cancer signs may appear, including pain, weight loss and fatigue.
If bladder cancer advances, it can spread to other areas in the body. For example, if the cancer spreads to the lungs, patients may experience shortness of breath or a cough. The cancer can also spread to the bone, causing fractures and bone pain or the liver. If the cancer spreads to the liver, patients often experience yellowing of the eyes or skin, known as jaundice and abdominal pain.
If you are experiencing any of the signs associated with bladder cancer, contact your physician. At your appointment, your physician will ask how long you have been experiencing the symptoms, how severe the symptoms are and run a variety of tests for a proper diagnosis.
Approximately 77,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. If the cancer is caught early, the survival rates are quite good. For this reason, it is essential to schedule an appointment if you experience any of the aforementioned bladder cancer signs.