Posted on Oct 30, 2007 | Comments 0
Yes, pain does relate to bladder cancer. Know more about its other symptoms and risk factors.
Bladder cancer is a malignant tumor within the bladder. Bladder cancers usuallystart from the cells lining the bladder (transitional cells) in the United States.
Letís see its risk factors. Smoking, gender, and diet are a major threat and risk of developing bladder cancer.
Being exposed to certain substances at work, such as rubber, certain textiles, paint and dyes, hairdressing and supplies are the other risk.
Check your diet high in fried meats and fat. Just avoid too much of fat and oil. Being older, male, or white, these factors however cannot be avoided or passed off, but surely maintaining a good health will help in a real way.
Diagnosis is done through tests that examine the urine, rectum or vagina. The best chance for curing bladder cancer is finding it early and undergoing treatment. Key is early detection.
Now time to know its symptoms. Most of the symptoms listed below can also be associated with non-cancerous conditions along with bladder cancer.
- Blood in the urine
- Painful urination
- Urinary urgency
- Urinary frequency
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease include:
- Anemia [Read more about Anemia]
- Weight loss
- Lethargy (tiredness)
- Urinary incontinence
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Abdominal pain
One of the conventional treatment options used to treat bladder cancer pain is the pain management. The goal of pain management is not only relief from bladder cancer pain, but also the maintenance of your normal quality of life.
That Really Sounds Good!! All methods of pain management attempt to alter your perception of it or control the cause of the pain.
Although pain management techniques are varied and many, therapeutic approaches can be classified as either non-pharmacological bladder cancer pain or pharmacological bladder cancer pain. Non-pharmacological approaches include:
- Neurological and neurosurgical interventions
- Traditional nursing and psychosocial interventions
- Behavioral techniques
Pharmacological bladder cancer pain control involves the use of analgesics, as well as other medications that intensify the analgesics’ effects or modify your mood or pain perception.
Successful management usually involves a combination of techniques because of the complex nature of cancer-related pain.
What might be the probable Complications of Bladder Cancer?
The most serious complication of bladder cancer is the spread of cancer from the bladder to other organs; this occurs in the process of metastasize.
Some other complications are: hydronephrosis, anemia, urinary incontinence. A blockage of the ureters that prevents urine from draining into your bladder is what is called as Hydronephrosis.
Incidence and Prevalence!!
In the United States, approximately 38,000 men and 15,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year. The highest incidence of bladder cancer occurs in industrialized countries such as the, Canada, France and the United States.
Compared to the United States incidence is lowest in Asia and South America, 70% lower. Bladder cancer is 2 to 3 times more common in men. Bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and the eighth most common type in women.
You must know this!! Incidence of bladder cancer increases with age. Comparatively people over the age of 70 develop the disease more often than those aged 55 – 69 and 30 – 54. So just be very careful with good observation for early detection.
Posted in: Bladder Cancer