People are not well informed about bladder cancer since it is overshadowed by cancers such as skin, lung, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer. Given that the bladder cancer makes as little as 5 percent of all cancers in the United States, this is particularly understandable. The sad truth is that breast cancer makes up 12 percent of cancer diagnosis. We also know for a fact that 40-50 percent of the people over the age of 65 have skin cancer. It is also sad to think that 1 in 4 Americans suffers from lung cancer.
However, it might only be 5 percent but this includes a large number of people. According to the American Cancer society, in 2017 there will be 80,000 new cases of bladder cancer.
Many of the patients who have bladder cancer eventually die because most of the symptoms can be misconstrued for other diseases.
What is Bladder Cancer?
Bladder cancer results in a change in the bladder cells. That means that they will stop growing or behaving as they are supposed to. You are going to experience some of the following changes:
- Non-cancerous conditions such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections
- Benign tumors like fibroma or papilloma
These changes can eventually cause malignant tumors and cancer.
Types of Bladder Cancer
- The non-invasive bladder cancer occurs in the calls of the urothelium.
- The invasive bladder cancer occurs when the cancer starts spreading to the bladder wall muscles and the connective tissues.
Treatment for Bladder Cancer
If you want to treat bladder cancer, you need to know that everything depends on the grade, category and stage of the cancer. However, there are some primary methods that you can use against this type of cancer:
13 Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
The symptoms of bladder cancer can be divided in two groups: early symptoms of bladder cancer and late symptoms of bladder cancer.
The early symptoms of bladder cancer:
- Troubles urinating
- Frequent need to urinate
- Blood in the urine
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Intense need to urinate
The late symptoms of bladder cancer:
- Lump in the pelvis
- Change in bowel habits
- Swelling in the legs
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Pain in the rectum, anus, pelvis, flank or bones
How to Prevent Bladder Cancer
It is better to prevent something than to cure it. There are many risk factors of bladder cancer that are unchangeable such as being male, age, being Caucasian or having a bladder related birth defect.
On the other hand, there are risk factors that you can prevent and most of them are related to toxins and toxic build up.
If you smoke, you are going to enter a lot of cancer-causing chemicals in your body. We recommend you to quit smoking. If you are not a smoker, avoid being in the presence of smokers.
Be cautious and reduce the exposure to chemicals
You already know that many jobs require use of dangerous chemicals. However, you should always think about your health and take safety precautions such as wearing masks and protective clothes.
By replacing the processed foods with healthier items you will be able to minimize the exposure to toxic chemicals. You can also use natural alternatives instead of the dangerous cleaning supplies.
Drinking lots of water during the day will help you dilute the urine and stimulate the urination. In this way you will be able to remove the waste from the kidneys regularly, giving it less time to remain in the bladder.
Consume a lot of fruits and vegetables
By consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables you will enter a high amount of fiber as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants. The regular bowel movements are promoted by the fiber. The antioxidants make sure that they kill all of the free radicals before they have a chance to cause cancer.