July 17 is Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.  To Patients and their Caregivers this is your day!  This is the disease that has pick a fight with your family.  Wear your Marigold/Blue/Purple proud, you are the advocates for awareness.  I only say this because I try advocate for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, that is what decided to take on my mom.   Did you know the awareness color used to be Yellow.?

So what is Bladder Cancer?  Well it begin in the bladder, often in the cells that line the inside of the bladder.  It will typically affect older adults over 70, but it can occur at any age.  Most cases diagnosis are found the in the early stage. It is highly treatable, but it could reoccur.  3 out 4 people survived 5 years or more years after being diagnosed between 2005 to 2011.  There are 74.690 new cases diagnosis and 16,000 will pass away each in year in the US.

Risk factors have been documented to be tobacco use, Family history of this disease, exposure to certain chemicals, and drinking of well water containing high levels of arsenic. Along with a history of bladder infection according to the NCI.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer are as follows:

  1.  Blood in urine
  2. Frequent urination
  3. Painful urination
  4. Back pain
  5. Pelvic Pain

There are tests that can be helpful in the diagnosis of Bladder Cancer:

  1. Physical Exam
  2. Internal Exam
  3. Urinalysis
  4. Urine Cytology
    1. lab test that uses a microscope to check for abnormal cells
  5. Cystoscopy
    1. a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens that is inserted through the urethra in the bladder
  6. Intravenouspyelogram (IVP)
    1. uses a dye that is injected into the vein, as it moves through kidneys, ureters, bladder X-Rays are taken

There it is the nuts and bolts for Bladder Cancer.

Later,

Pam

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