Bladder cancer symptoms in men

bladder cancer symptoms in men

Symptoms and Signs

People with bladder cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with bladder cancer do not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom may be a different medical condition that is not cancer.

  • Blood or blood clots in the urine
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night
  • Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine
  • Lower back pain on 1 side of the body

Most often, bladder cancer is diagnosed after a person tells his or her doctor about blood in the urine, also called hematuria. "Gross hematuria" means that enough blood is present in the urine that the patient can see it. It is also possible that there are small amounts of blood in the urine that cannot be seen. This is called "microscopic hematuria," and it can only be found with a urine test.Blood in the urine doesn't always mean you have bladder cancer. More often it's caused by other things like an infection, benign (not cancer) tumors, stones in the kidney or bladder, or other benign kidney diseases. Still, it’s important to have it checked by a doctor so the cause can be found.

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General urine tests are not used to make a specific diagnosis of bladder cancer because hematuria can be a sign of several other conditions that are not cancer, such as an infection or kidney stones. One type of urine test that can find out whether there is cancer is cytology, a test in which the urine is studied under a microscope to look for cancer cells (see Diagnosis for more information).

Sometimes when the first symptoms of bladder cancer appear, the cancer has already spread to another part of the body. In this situation, the symptoms depend on where the cancer has spread. For example, cancer that has spread to the lungs may cause a cough or shortness of breath, spread to the liver may cause abdominal pain or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), and spread to the bone may cause bone pain or a fracture (broken bone). Other symptoms of advanced bladder cancer may include pain in the back or pelvis, unexplained appetite loss, and weight loss.

If you are concerned about any changes you experience, please talk with your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help figure out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.

When to see a doctor

If you have blood in your urine (hematuria), make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you have other signs or symptoms that worry you.

 Make an appointment if you have any of these other symptoms:

  • You have to pee more often than usual.
  • Your urine changes color.
  • It hurts or burns when you pee.
  • You feel like you have to pee -- even if your bladder’s not full.
  • You can’t pee, or you pee very little.
  • You can’t pee, even when you feel like you have to.
  • Your lower back hurts.
  • You’re losing weight without trying.
  • You’re not as hungry as usual.
  • You have swollen feet.
  • Your bones hurt.
  • You often feel extremely tired or weak.

10 common questions about bladder cancer symptoms in men

1What is the first sign of bladder cancer?
In most cases, blood in the urine (called hematuria) is the first sign of bladder cancer. There may be enough blood to change the color of the urine to orange, pink, or, less often, dark red
2How long does bladder cancer take to develop?
Around 90 out of 100 men (around 90%) and around 85 out of 100 women (around 85%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. Stage 1 means that the cancer has started to grow into the connective tissue beneath the bladder lining.
3Can bladder cancer spread to prostate?
The most common areas for prostate cancer to spread are your bladder, rectum, and bones. It can also spread to your lymph nodes, liver, lungs, and other body tissues.
4Is bladder cancer curable?
The outlook for people with stage 0a (non-invasive papillary) bladder cancer is very good. These cancers can be cured with treatment. ... Although these new cancers do need to be treated, they rarely are deeply invasive or life threatening
5Is cancer a silent killer?
Squelching ovarian cancer: the not-so-silent killer. Despite its long-standing nickname, ovarian cancer isn't really a silent killer. There are symptoms; it's just that they whisper or are commonly mistaken for something else, like aging or irritable bowel syndrome
6Is bladder cancer fast or slow growing?
You are likely to need further treatment if the cancer is grade 2 or 3. Grade 1 – the cancer cells look a lot like normal bladder cells. They are usually slow-growing and are less likely to spread. Grade 2 – the cancer cells look more abnormal and grow slightly more quickly than grade 1 cancer.
7Can a CT scan detect bladder cancer?
CT Scan to diagnose bladder cancer: A computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis can show if the urinary funnel system is normal, and if cancer is present, how far it has spread outside the bladder. ... MRI is preferred over CT scanning for some patients with reduced kidney function.
8Can I drink alcohol if I have bladder cancer?
Drinking alcohol does not have affect your risk of getting bladder cancer. But it does increase your risk of getting several other cancers, including breast and bowel cancer.
9Is bladder cancer a death sentence?
Ninety percent (90%) of people with bladder cancer are older than 55, and the average age people are diagnosed with bladder cancer is 73. It is estimated that 17,670 deaths (12,870 men and 4,800 women) from this disease will occur this year. ... The general 5-year survival rate for people with bladder cancer is 77%
10How long can you live with untreated bladder cancer?
For a person with stage 4 bladder cancer, the 5-year relative survival rate is around 5 percent. This means that the person is 5 percent as likely as someone without cancer to live for a minimum of 5 years after diagnosis.

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