Bladder cancer has usually presumed a disease of older men. It is the type of cancer that is prevalently found in men as compared to women, but these odds may work against the many women who are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.
According to recent studies, women with bladder cancer may face a poor prognosis than men. This might be possible because physicians and even woman herself may not take the symptoms of bladder cancer seriously. Our expert urologic surgeon in Mumbai offers a word of advice through this blog and explains what you should know about bladder cancer.
Don’t ignore the blood in your urine.
Blood in the urine, medically termed as gross hematuria is the most common sign of bladder cancer. Though it is true for both men and women, blood in the urine is often overlooked in women as a possible sign of bladder cancer, because it has less serious explanations for it such as urinary tract infection (UTI) or postmenopausal uterine bleeding. Many women tend to think it’s nothing to worry about when the hematuria is painless, but this sign is not something to ignore. An expert urologic surgeon at MPCT hospital advises seeing your family physician if you see blood in your urine.
It may be associated with symptoms such as urgency or increased frequency to urinate, burning during urination, etc. Ignorance to the facts, symptoms and worse prognosis may tend to be delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer at a later stage allowing cancer to grow and spread. On the other hand, men get a more aggressive assessment and an early recommendation to visit urologists than women though they both have the same symptoms.
Consult Expert Urologist for UTI
Make sure you see an expert urologist for your urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnosis and treatment. It is crucial to send a urine culture for testing to confirm that you have an infection. If the culture was negative or your bladder symptom remains despite antibiotic treatment, don’t hesitate to see an expert urologist to get a formal screening. Screening can sometimes differentiate the bleeding associated with bladder cancer from postmenopausal uterine bleeding. Advanced diagnosis with the help of a cystoscopy or CT urogram (CT scan of the urinary tract) may identify the origin of bleeding in the bladder or the kidneys. Your urologist may prescribe a urine test known as cytology to check for cancer cells in the urine.
The best way to reduce your bladder cancer risk is to quit smoking which is a leading risk factor for bladder cancer. If you think you have symptoms of bladder cancer, seek out a team of expert uro-oncologist in Mumbai. MPCT hospital offers a customized treatment approach with the combination of expertise of multiple specialists such as a urologic surgeon, medical oncologist as well as radiation oncologist depending on the treatment requirements. This close teamwork ensures that MPCT patients get the best care possible. Get in touch with our expert bladder cancer care team to discuss your medical condition.