Bladder Cancer

The bladder is the part of your urinary tract where urine is stored. The urinary tract rids your body of liquid waste. Bladder cancer arises from abnormal changes certain cells that line the urinary tract have changed in ways that aren’t normal.

Often this may be detected by microscopic blood appearing on a urine test. Gross blood that is seen in urine or symptoms such as burning on urination, increased frequency or urgency to void.

Cancer is a disease in which cells in an area of the body begin changing and multiplying out of control. The multiplying cells may form a lump of tissue (tumor). With time, the cancer cells destroy healthy tissue. They may spread to other parts of the body. Why cells become cancerous is not clear. But bladder cancer is strongly linked to cigarette smoking and exposure to certain industrial organic chemicals or dyes. The longer a person smokes and the more a person smokes, the greater that person’s chances of developing bladder cancer.