Bladder cancer symptoms are not specific. Some other non fatal diseases also have symptoms similar to bladder cancer symptoms. Diseases such as inflamatory conditions involving the bladder and the kidney may have symptoms along similar lines to bladder cancer symptoms.
Given below are potential bladder cancer symptoms.
Some of the more prevalent bladder cancer symptoms include difficulty in urinating, blood in the urine (hematuria), and frequent urge for urination(dysuria) even when the bladder is empty. These bladder cancer symptoms may also be the result of a mere infection or a bladder stone. It is always advised to consult a physician before drawing any conclusions. Sometimes blood clots may form and cause pain or obstruction to the flow of urine.
A cancerous tumor is made up of abnormal cells along with abnormal blood vessels. These abnormal cells and microscopic amounts of blood are often passed into the urine. This may come and go and is often painless. Blood in the urine is not usually visible to the naked eye. It is called microscopic hematuria. It can be detected through urine tests. Though microscopic hematuria is a very common bladder cancer symptom, it is not necessary always that a person with microscopic hematuria has bladder cancer.
In some cases, blood is in the urine changes the urine color. The urine may have a slightly pink or orange hue, or it may be bright red with or without clots. If this bladder cancer symptom is encountered, one must immediately consult a your GP for screening tests.
The presence of a tumor along the lining of the bladder can result in increased sensitivity of the bladder.Some less common symptoms such as frequent urination and urgency occur because the bladder often is more irritated.
Some of these symptoms though associated with bladder cancer, may be the result of less fatal disorders such as bladder stone. Proper tests must be conducted for to arrive at any conclusions.
Summary of bladder cancer symptoms
Pain or burning during urination without evidence of urinary tract infection
Blood in the urine (hematuria)
Incomplete emptying of the bladder after urination and
Having to urinate more frequently or at shorter intervals.
The symptoms above could also indicate problems (less serious) other than bladder cancer.
Sometimes blood clots may form and cause pain or obstruction to the flow of urine.