The bladder is an organ that stores urine before it is flushed out of the body. Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that begins in the cells, called urothelial cells, that make up the urinary bladder. Urothelial cells are also found in the kidneys and the ureters that connects the kidney and bladder, urothelial cancer can be found in the kidney and ureters too, but it is more common in the bladder.
Bladder cancer can be detected early through a procedure called cystoscopy. This procedure involves the use of a cystoscope, a thin and flexible tube with a light and camera on its end, to examine the inside of your bladder and/or urethra. Early-stage tumors or abnormalities inside your bladder can be detected during this examination.
We have the best urologist in East New York at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center that will help you if you are battling with bladder cancer, you can contact us by visiting our clinic or visiting our website at https://www.urologistbrooklyn.com.
Some symptoms of bladder cancer are also symptoms of other medical conditions. But the most common symptoms of bladder cancer can include:
- Blood in your urine
- Frequent urination
- Painful or burning sensation during urination
- Back pain
If you notice changes in your urine color and are concerned that it may be because of blood, contact and set an appointment with your urologist immediately to have it checked.
Bladder cancer begins when the cells in your bladder grows abnormally and form a tumor that invades and destroys normal body tissue.
These factors may also increase your risk of bladder cancer:
- Exposure to certain chemicals – the kidneys play a big role filtering harmful chemicals in your bloodstream and moves them into the bladder. Because of these chemicals you may have an increased risk of bladder cancer.
- Previous cancer treatment – if you have previously received radiation treatments for a previous cancer, you may have a higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
- Chronic bladder inflammation – repeated urinary infections and inflammations can increase your risk of bladder cancer
- Family history of cancer – your risk increases if you have a parent or siblings that had bladder cancer.
There are four types of treatment for bladder cancer, which can include:
- Intravesical chemotherapy or immunotherapy
- Radiation therapy
Although there is no guarantee that bladder cancer can be prevented, there are ways that you can take to reduce your risk of developing bladder cancer. Which can include:
- Stop smoking – if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you have already started, please stop.
- Take caution around chemicals – please follow all safety precautions if you are working around chemicals.
- Consume a variety of fruits of vegetables – the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables can help you reduce the risk of all kinds of cancer.
Most bladder cancer that are diagnosed at an early stage are highly treatable. But even if cancers are already treated during its early stage, they can still recur. For this reason, follow-up tests and check-up is needed even after treatment to ensure that bladder cancer cannot relapse.
Bladder cancer is best treated when they are still at a very early stage. Although it can still come back even after treatment. With that said, it is best to have follow-up test for years after you have treatment for bladder cancer. Schedule an appointment with our urologist at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center. We aim to provide the best medical assistance for your health needs. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at 1-347-384-5690 or you may visit our website at http://www.urologistbrooklyn.com/