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Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer Symptoms and Causes

Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal cancerous cells growing in the bladder. Bladder cancer affects men about three times more often than women, and it occurs in Caucasians twice as often as in African Americans. The risk of bladder cancer increases with age. Over 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with it are older than 55.

The following are the most common symptoms of bladder cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Visible blood in the urine
  • Microscopic hematuria--the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine that cannot be seen with the naked eye
  • Painful urination
  • Urgency--frequently feeling the need to urinate without results
  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic or flank pain