If there was a competition amongst the different types of cancers, bladder cancer would surely come last.
Most people almost never notice this hidden-from-the-spotlight cancer. And who can blame them?
After all, this type of cancer affected only 9.5 people per 100,000 in the year 2012. A pretty small number,
if you ask!
However, don’t let these rather low stats lull you into a false sense of security.
As comforting as these numbers may be, bladder cancer is still not all that far behind in the race of cancers.
In fact, it is the 9th most common cancer in the world . And although it affects men more than women,
you should still keep an eye out for its symptoms, as they can be very sneaky.
The following are 10 of its sneakiest symptoms to watch out for!
1. Bloody Pee
Now you may confuse it with periods and ignore it completely as the occasional spotting incidence,
but you shouldn’t. Blood in your pee, outside of menstruation, is an occurrence you should take
seriously as it could mean a lot of things, one of them being bladder cancer .
This is not to say that you should slip into panic mode and start making a bucket list of things you should do!
No. All you have to do is get yourself checked by a doctor instead of dismissing this sign as harmless.
This is one of the earliest symptoms of bladder cancer and if you detect it early,
you stand a good chance of not falling prey to this deadly disease.
Although it’s common to suffer from UTIs, if they occur way too frequently, it could mean bladder cancer.
You also have to take the range of severity into account as the developing cancer
cells can wreak havoc down there. This is especially the case if you are not the kind to get infections frequently .
3. Pains You Cannot Explain
Feeling a dull pain in your pelvis but can’t think of any possible reason behind it? It could be bladder
cancer! Pain can also arise in your flank area, your abdomen as well as your bones .
In fact, these symptoms are associated with an advanced stage of cancer and hence, should not be taken lightly.
4. Loss Of Appetite
According to medical experts, the loss of appetite is one of the most common symptoms of bladder cancer.
And just like inexplicable pain, appetite loss is also a symptom of the advanced stage of bladder cancer.
You may experience weight loss, weakness and fatigue. Nonetheless, it could also indicate other conditions,
hence, be sure to check with your doctor.
5. Frequent Urination
Which basically means that you pee frequently, and usually pass very little amount.
Just like the other symptoms mentioned here, frequent urination can also be a sign of other diseases
apart from bladder cancer . But no harm ruling it out; right?
6. Painful Urination
Since your bladder controls how much you pee and when you pee,
it is no surprise that most of these symptoms are related to urination.
Known as ‘dysuria’, pain while peeing is possible due to the growth of cancerous tumors in your bladder.
You may also experience a burning sensation as well as radiating pain, which may come and go.
7. Painful Legs
As if the pain in your flank area, abdomen and pelvis weren’t enough,
bladder cancer can also give rise to the symptom of pain in legs.
This will typically be accompanied by swelling, which combined with the pain,
will keep on increasing as the cancer advances to later stages.
Although this symptom can be attributed to other causes,
if you experience it coupled with other bladder cancer symptoms, you can be sure as to what it indicates.
8. Pelvic Growths
The worst thing about bladder cancer is that its symptoms become more noticeable as it progresses.
And unfortunately, they also turn very painful. One of these signs is tumorous growth in the pelvic area.
This growth is often accompanied by discomfort and pain due to the pressure they put on your pelvis.
Anemia is so common in women that nearly 468.4 million women all over the world suffer from it.
Since it is a condition in itself, it is common not to treat it as a symptom of another disease.
Nonetheless, as bladder cancer can cause bleeding, anemia can develop as a side effect.
Hence, one must be vigilant.
10. Weight Loss
Weight loss is a common symptom in all types of cancers and bladder cancer is no exception.
Cancer in your bladder can give rise to nausea, which can make it difficult for you to have regular meals.
This can consequently lead to weight loss.
Bladder cancer can be treated completely if you manage to detect it at an early stage.
So if you experience a combination of these symptoms, make sure you book an appointment with your doctor.