Bladder Cancer

Cancer and Neoplasms, Renal and Urogenital

Bladder cancer occurs when the cells that line the bladder and urinary tract grow out of control. The bladder is a hollow muscular organ that stores urine from the kidneys before being emptied through the urinary tract. Bladder cancer is found when a person visits his or her healthcare provider complaining of blood in the urine or inability to hold urine. However, there are many causes of these symptoms in other disorders and your physician will be sure to rule out these causes before moving forward with testing for cancer. Bladder cancer most commonly occurs in people over the age of 55 and in men (who are three times more likely to be diagnosed). Exposure to environmental and occupational toxins (including tobacco smoke) greatly increases your risk of developing bladder cancer. The good news is that this type of cancer is usually found very early in the disease and treatment tends to be successful during these early stages.

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