WOMEN'S HEALTH

Bladder Cancer: Here are 5 Crucial Signs That Women Should Never Ignore

Urothelial carcinoma is one of the three types of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer can be diagnosed with urinalysis and CT scan

Early detection helps in more effective bladder cancer treatment

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Bajaj Finserv Health
December 1st, 2021
5 mins read

Cancer refers to the uncontrollable growth of cells in your body. When it affects your urinary bladder, it is called bladder cancer. The urinary bladder has a balloon shape and is situated in the lower abdomen close to the pelvis. Its main function is to store urine until it is expelled from your body. Bladder cancer affects the urothelial cells that line the interior of your bladder. There are different types of bladder cancer such as:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Urothelial carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma

Back pain and the urge to urinate frequently are a few common signs of this condition. Bladder cancer can be diagnosed using different tests like:

  • Urinalysis
  • Biopsy
  • CT scan
  • Cystoscopy
  • Internal examination by a doctor

Getting better bladder cancer treatment is possible if this condition is diagnosed at an early stage. Even though it is more common in men, it affects women as well [1]. Though bladder cancer occurs in individuals over 55 years of age, being aware of its symptoms can help you get an early diagnosis and treatment. Here are a few warning signs of bladder cancer that may affect women’s health.

Additional read: Want to Know About Different Types of Cancer? Here is a Handy Guide

causes of bladder cancer

Presence of blood in the urine

Women’s health issues are easily overlooked and can later result in severe complications. One such condition is hematuria, the presence of blood in the urine. It is one of the earliest symptoms of bladder cancer [2], and is often ignored. People tend to confuse it with menstrual cycle or menopause. Moreover, there is no pain and bleeding, and this symptom does not occur frequently. It is better not to delay and consult a urologist when you see blood in your urine. Remember, there should be no negligence towards your bladder health!

Severe pain in pelvic and abdominal area

Give the utmost importance to women’s wellness, especially when it comes to health conditions. If cancer is in an advanced stage, you may experience severe pain in your abdomen and pelvic region. In case malignancy has spread from bladder to bones, bone pain is also common. If you face persistent pain in these regions, consult a doctor to rule out any complications.

Urge to urinate frequently

This symptom is often mistaken with urinary tract infection. Most bladder cancer symptoms also occur in a UTI. You may also have the urge to urinate often and may experience pain while trying to pass urine. Urinary incontinence is also observed in this type of cancer. If these urinary problems persist, it is better to consult a doctor. Despite taking antibiotics, there may be no relief in pain and you may be finding it hard to empty your bladder. Addressing these symptoms on time can detect bladder cancer in its early stage.

Uterine bleeding after menopause

If you notice blood or spotting after menopause, you may be suffering from bladder cancer. This symptom is also overlooked just like presence of blood in urine. It is better to seek medical advice and diagnose the condition at the earliest. Besides bladder cancer, uterine bleeding is a symptom of vaginal or cervical cancer [3]. A physical examination may help in understanding why spotting or bleeding occurs after menopause. If required, you may have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound.

Additional read: All you need to know about Uterine Cancer: Causes, Stages and Treatment

Low appetite

This is a common symptom of cancer. If cancerous cells spread to different parts of the body, you may lose interest in eating. As a result, you may start feeling fatigued. There may be general weakness in your body and you may lose weight as well. But this symptom is not a sure-shot sign of cancer. So, meet a doctor and discuss your symptoms before arriving at any conclusion.

Although there is no guaranteed way to protect yourself from bladder cancer, certain measures can help. Avoid smoking as it is one of the biggest risk factors. Have a nutrition-rich diet consisting of vegetables and fruits as antioxidants present in them reduce the risk of cancer. Be proactive and keep your bladder in good health. If you experience any signs of bladder cancer, consult with top oncologists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an in-person or video appointment and manage your bladder health on time.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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