Bladder cancer is a condition that develops when cancerous cells begin to grow and multiply in the bladder, which is an organ in the pelvis that stores urine. This type of cancer is most common in older adults, but it can occur at any age.
Researchers don’t know the exact cause of bladder cancer. However, this condition has been linked to exposure to certain chemicals, a history of parasitic infections, and a history of smoking. The cancer begins when cells in the bladder begin to grow and divide in an abnormal way. These cells form a cancerous tumor that can eventually spread to other parts of the body.
In its earlier stages, bladder cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms. However, as it progresses, patients may notice:
If the doctors at Urology Associates Medical Group suspect bladder cancer, they may order several different tests to investigate the issue. Some tests used to diagnose bladder cancer include cystoscopy, biopsy, urine cytology, and imaging tests. These tests are minimally invasive.
If a patient is diagnosed with bladder cancer, prompt treatment is usually recommended. Some of the treatments available to patients with bladder cancer include:
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