If you are a woman, urological cancer symptoms can be difficult to identify. Early detection is the most important factor in successfully diagnosing and treating this type of cancer. Urologic cancers often have few or no symptoms (or vague ones) until they’ve reached an advanced stage. Women with bladder cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs, according to the American Cancer Society. Sometimes, people with bladder cancer do not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom cannot be determined because it is from another medical condition that is unrelated to cancer. A biopsy -by removing a small sample of tissue so the cells can be examined with a microscope will determine if a tumor is cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
Blood in urine
Bladder cancer can often be found early because it causes blood in the urine or other urinary symptoms that cause a person to see a health care provider. When there is enough blood for it to change the color of their urine, bladder cancer may be present and should not go unnoticed – especially if someone has been experiencing pain while urinating (dysuria) or difficulty with bowel movements (constipation).
Changes in bladder habits or symptoms of irritation
Bladder cancer can sometimes cause changes in urination, such as:
- Having to urinate more often than usual
- Pain or burning during urination
- Feeling as if you need to go right away, even when your bladder isn’t full
- Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream
- Having to get up to urinate many times during the night
- These symptoms are more likely to be caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder stones, an overactive bladder, or an enlarged prostate (in men). Still, it’s important to have them checked by a doctor so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
Symptoms of advanced bladder cancer
Bladder cancers that have grown large or have spread to other parts of the body can sometimes cause other symptoms, such as:
- Being unable to urinate
- Lower back pain on one side
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Feeling tired or weak
- Swelling in the feet
- Bone pain
Again, many of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something other than bladder cancer, but it’s important to have them checked. It’s important to know the warning signs of bladder cancer so you can get checked out by your doctor if you notice anything unusual in your body. The Michigan Institute of Urology is one of the longest standing and largest sub-specialty Urology practices in the State of Michigan, we are dedicated to providing our patients the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art urologic care. Our specialists have been recruited from the most sophisticated university centers in the United States and are available at all of our 22 office locations. Our administrative staff follows strict guidelines to ensure the most cost-effective medical care is provided. Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., is compromised of 46 General and Fellowship Trained Urologists with a complement of compassionate, caring Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Ancillary Personnel.