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Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lining of the bladder. It can spread to other parts of the body without early detection and treatment.

 The bladder is a small, fist-sized organ that holds urine.

Who is at risk for bladder cancer?

Anyone can develop bladder cancer. However, some people may be at greater risk than others. Screening is essential to detect bladder cancer early, before it spreads. 

You may consider being screened for bladder cancer if you have:

  • A history of tobacco use
  • Been exposed to radiation, chemicals or dyes in the workplace
  • Had recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • A family history of bladder cancer
  • Or if you’re age 55 or older

Both men and women can develop bladder cancer.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

There are several signs and symptoms associated with bladder cancer, including:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Lower back or abdominal pain

If you have any of the risk factors or have experienced these symptoms, speak with a urology specialist.

How is bladder cancer found?

Bladder cancer is often found, or diagnosed, through a procedure called cystoscopy. With cystoscopy, a doctor uses a thin instrument with a tiny camera to pass through the urethra and look into the bladder.

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Finding bladder cancer with Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview

Our urologists use an innovative approach to find bladder cancer in its earliest stages.

Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview is performed the same way as a traditional cystoscopy, except that the urologist uses a special imaging solution and a blue light. Areas of bladder cancer “glow” under the blue light, making it easier to detect at its earliest stages.
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