by Debbie Chaney
Bladder cancer is pretty much undermined and overshadowed by cancers like skin, lung, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer. This is partially understandable, given that bladder cancer makes as little as 5 percent of all cancers in the U.S, compared to breast cancer which makes up 12 percent of cancer diagnosis. In addition, 40-50 percent of those over the age of 65 have skin cancer and 1 in 4 Americans have lung cancer.
But, 5 percent is still a large number. The American Cancer society estimates that up to 80,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. Unfortunately, most of the symptoms of bladder cancer can be misconstrued for other diseases, which is the reason why many of the patients eventually die from it.
What is Bladder Cancer?
The cells in the bladder can change and stop growing or behaving as they are supposed to. The same changes can result in cancer, and some of those are as follows:
- Non-cancerous conditions like kidney stones and urinary tract infections
- Benign tumors like fibroma or papilloma
However, these changes can eventually cause malignant tumors and cancer.
Types of Bladder Cancer
- Non-invasive Bladder Cancer occurs in the cells of the urothelium.
- Invasive Bladder Cancer occurs when the cancer spreads to the bladder wall muscles and the connective tissues. Continue…