Because the bladder is responsible for holding urine after the kidneys produce it until the time it is ready to be let out, many symptoms of bladder cancer may be linked to urination abnormalities.
Presence Of Blood With The Urine
Bloody urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. You may notice streaks of blood in your urine or the blood may turn your urine brown. It, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer. Blood in urine could also be an indication of kidney stones or urinary traction infection.Nevertheless, you should see the doctor straight away.
If you ever notice any blood in the urine, even if it comes and disappear, you need to visit the doctor so that they can determine the cause of it.
Other reasons why you might have blood in your urine:
- a urinary tract infection, such as cystitis
- a kidney infection
- kidney stones
- an enlarged prostate gland, in men
Unexplainable Pain In The Pelvic Region
Advanced stages of bladder cancer can often cause great amounts of pain to the patient. Furthermore, patients can experience it in the flank area, abdomen, or pelvis. People whose bladder cancer has metastasized can also develop the pain in their bones or other parts of the body.
Symptoms Similar To Urinary Tract Infection
It is common for patients to mistake their bladder cancer for the common UTI. This is because both diseases share many symptoms with each other. Individuals with this ailment may experience increased urge or frequency of urination, the urgency to urinate, pain with urination, or urinary incontinence.
If you notice any pee-related problems—you feel the urge to urinate all the time, you feel like you have to go but can’t, you have a hard time emptying your bladder, or if antibiotics don’t seem to be helping your UTI symptoms, talk with your doctor.
Loss of appetite loss is another common symptom of bladder cancer. If the cancer has grown or extended to other body parts, you are likely going to experience weight loss or exhaustion. Obviously, many other reasons can mess your appetite, so do not just conclude that it is due to bladder cancer. Make time as soon as possible and talk to the doctor before it is late.
Burning Sensation When Urinating
If you feel unusual pain when going to the toilet, it could be a result of a more serious issue. Even if it is a urinary tract infection (UTI), there is urgent need to see a medical practitioner.
Symptoms that may indicate more advanced bladder cancer include:
- Pain in the lower back around the kidneys (flank pain).
- Swelling in the lower legs.
- Growth in the pelvis near the bladder (pelvic mass).
Most often, bladder cancer is diagnosed after the patient has opened up and talked about his or her experiences with the doctor, for instance, blood in the urine, (hematuria). Gross hematuria means that enough blood is present in the urine that the patient can see it. It is also possible that there are small amounts of blood in the urine that cannot be seen. This is called microscopic hematuria, and it can only be found with a urine test.
These are some of the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer or even more serious conditions that need immediate attention of the doctors.