While less common in women, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men. About 9 in 10 individuals diagnosed with bladder cancer are over 55, and the disease’s average age of diagnosis is 73. The most common type of bladder cancer is known as transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), and makes up about 95% of all cases of the disease.
So what are some signs of the disease that you should look out for? While bladder cancer may be asymptomatic, Cancer.net lists a variety of possible signs:
- Experiencing burning or other painful sensations while urinating
- The presence of blood or blood clots in the urine
- Lower back pain, on only one side of the body
- Frequent urination
- Feeling the urge to urinate, but being unable to pass urine
- Feeling the urge to urinate multiple times throughout the night
It’s important to note that many of these signs could also signify other, non-cancerous conditions as well. An Ezra scan could catch bladder cancer; you can learn more about scanning packages here.