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Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month – Prevention and Early Detection

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month is observed every year in the month of May to raise awareness about bladder cancer, its causes, symptoms, and available treatments. Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cells of the bladder, which is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine until it is passed out of the body.

During Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, Uhapo works to educate the public about bladder cancer risks factors, such as smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, and family history. We also promote early detection through regular check-ups and screenings, as early diagnosis can improve the chances of successful treatment.

We believe, Bladder Cancer Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to support those who have been affected by bladder cancer, including patients, survivors, and their families. We also provide information and resources to patients by navigating to them the challenges of the disease and effective treatment options.

Types of Bladder Cancer

There are several types of bladder cancer, including –

  1. Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) or urothelial carcinoma – This is the most common type of bladder cancer, accounting for about 90% of all cases. It develops in the cells that line the inside of the bladder.
  2. Squamous cell carcinoma – This type of bladder cancer develops in the thin, flat cells that line the bladder after chronic irritation or inflammation.
  3. Adenocarcinoma – This rare type of bladder cancer develops in the cells that produce mucus in the bladder lining.

Risk Factors

The risks of bladder cancer are not yet known, but there are some risk factors that can increase the chances of developing bladder cancer including – 

  1. Smoking or tobacco use – Smoking is the most significant risk factor for bladder cancer, as it exposes the bladder to harmful chemicals.
  2. Exposure to certain chemicals – Exposure to chemicals such as arsenic, benzidine, and cyclophosphamide, which are used in some industries, can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
  3. Age – Bladder cancer is more common in people over the age of 55.
  4. Gender – Men are more likely to develop bladder cancer than women.
  5. Family history – Bladder cancer can run in families, and having a close relative with the disease increases the risk.
  6. Chronic bladder inflammation – Chronic infections or inflammation of the bladder, such as from catheter use, may increase the risk of bladder cancer.
  7. Radiation exposure – People who have undergone radiation treatment for other cancers in the pelvic region may have an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Having one or more of these risk factors does not necessarily mean that a person will develop bladder cancer, and some people without any known risk factors can still develop bladder cancer. Regular check-ups and screenings can help detect bladder cancer early and improve the chances of successful treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

Bladder cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. However, as the cancer grows and spreads, it can cause a range of signs and symptoms, which may include –

  1. Blood in the urine – This is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. It may appear as pink, red, or brown urine.
  2. Painful or frequent urination – Bladder cancer can cause changes in urination, such as a burning sensation or an increased frequency of urination.
  3. Urinary urgency – Bladder cancer can also cause a sudden urge to urinate that may be difficult to control.
  4. Pain in the lower back or abdomen – Bladder cancer can cause pain in the lower back or abdomen, especially if the cancer has spread to nearby tissues or organs.
  5. Unexplained weight loss – Advanced bladder cancer can cause unexplained weight loss and fatigue.

These symptoms may also be caused by other conditions, such as urinary tract infections or kidney stones. However, if any of these symptoms persist or worsen over time, it is important to see a healthcare professional for evaluation and possible testing. Early detection and treatment of bladder cancer can improve the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

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2 Replies to “Bladder Cancer Awareness Month”

September 4, 2023
Bladder Cancer a familiar term among the mass but unconsciously we may fall behind from the field. We do straggle from the knowledge of signs and symptoms, the types, from the detection and the prevention. Here UHAPO is providing the detailed information by organizing the awareness month.
Rohini Shinde
May 14, 2024
Effectively raises awareness for bladder cancer, emphasizing the importance of early detection and support for those affected during bladder cancer awareness month.

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