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This blog will give you regular, high-quality information about cancer. You'll also get to meet the info team and get updates on our projects. We hope you find it useful. And if there are any topics you'd like us to blog about, just let us know.
In this blog, our intern Emily gives some key facts about bladder cancers. Our new editions of booklets Understanding non-invasive bladder cancer and Understanding invasive and advanced bladder cancer can give you more detailed information about bladder cancer and its treatment.
Bladder cancerThe bladder is a hollow, muscular, balloon-like organ which collects and stores urine.
Bladder cancer usually starts in the cells lining the bladder. Non-invasive bladder cancer is cancer that is only in the inner lining of the bladder. Around 8 out of 10 (80%) of bladder cancers are non-invasive bladder cancers.
Invasive bladder cancer is cancer that has spread into the muscle of the bladder.
When the cancer has spread outside the bladder to other parts of the body, this is known as advanced bladder cancer.
Symptoms of bladder cancerIt’s important to be aware of the symptoms of bladder cancer. The earlier bladder cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be cured. Symptoms to look out for include:
There are lots of different causes for these symptoms, but if you have any of them it’s important to get them checked by your GP.
Causes and risk factorsAbout 10, 000 people a year are diagnosed with bladder cancer. There are certain things that can affect the chance of getting bladder cancer. Having a risk factor doesn’t necessarily mean a person will get bladder cancer. The risk factors for bladder include:
You can read more about bladder cancer in our new booklets Understanding non-invasive bladder cancer and Understanding invasive and advanced bladder cancer. There is also more information on our website. Our cancer support specialists can also help with any questions you have. You can call them on 0808 808 00 00.
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