Urinary Bladder Cancer begins when cells in the urinary bladder start to grow uncontrollably. It is a type of malignancy arising from the epithelial lining (the urothelium) of the urinary bladder. It is a disease in which abnormal cells multiply without control in the bladder. The most common type of bladder cancer recapitulates the normal histology of the urothelium and is known as transitional cell carcinoma or more properly urothelial cell carcinoma.
The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen (pelvis), which collects and stores urine produced by the kidneys.. Bladder cancer occurs mostly among older individuals although it has been noted to appear among the younger age groups as well. The average age of diagnosis is in the 60s. The cancer has a high rate of recurrence.
Early stage tumour may not give any symptoms. Common symptoms of bladder cancer include:
These symptoms are not sure signs of bladder cancer. Infections, benign tumours, bladder stones or other problems also can cause these symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor so that the doctor can diagnose and treat any problem as early as possible. If there is blood in the urine, then one should be careful and should not neglect it.