30 Views

7 Important Things You Should Know About Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer refers to a malignant tumor that often arises from the cells which line the inside of the bladder, that is the urothelium. These mutant cells are able to multiply without control leading to disastrous consequences for the affected individual. Typically, adults over 40 years of age are the ones mostly affected by this cancer although in rare instances, younger people may also be affected. Globally, an estimated 275000 people are newly diagnosed with bladder cancer annually and about 108000 of them die from the disease. Furthermore, bladder cancer has the highest recurrence rate of all cancers.

Highlighted in this article are important facts you should know about bladder cancer.

bladder1.jpg

1. Different types of bladder cancer exist
The different kinds of cells within the bladder can become cancerous and the type of cell which is affected determines the type of bladder cancer which in turn determines the best treatment option. The commonest type of bladder cancer is the transitional cell carcinoma which involves the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Squamous cell cancer is another type which is more common in tropical countries especially after schistosomiasis infection of the bladder. Lastly, adenocarcinoma is one that involves the mucus-secreting glands within the bladder.

2. Bladder cancer is likely to reoccur
Of all cancers known to man, bladder cancer still has the highest tendency to recur. Therefore, those who were previously treated for the disease have an increased risk of reoccurence, hence the need for regular follow-up. In the same vein, if one or more of your immediate relatives have had bladder cancer, you stand a higher chance of developing the disease.

3. Drugs may increase your risk
It’s been discovered that certain medications tend to make individuals more likely to develop bladder cancer. For instance, cyclophosphamide is an anti-cancer drug that may itself predispose people to bladder cancer. Also, it’s been observed that diabetic patients on oral hypoglycemic agent, pioglitazone for more than one year may have an increased bladder cancer risk.

4. Bladder cancer produces some symptoms
Anyone that has bladder cancer may experience one or more of the following symptoms. Haematuria (bloody urine) in which the urine appears bright red or coke-coloured is the commonest symptom in bladder cancer. Other symptoms include frequent urination, painful urination (dysuria), pelvic and back pain.

5. Drinking plenty water may reduce your risk
Apart from avoiding cigarettes and other carcinogens, drinking plenty of water may offer some protection from bladder cancer. For instance, researchers observed that men who drank at least 1.5l of water daily were less likely to develop bladder cancer than their counterparts who drank less than one cup a day.

6. Bladder cancer can be diagnosed
The gold standard for the diagnosis of bladder cancer is cystoscopy with biopsy. During cystoscopy, a narrow tube with a lens at the tip is advanced into your bladder. It allows the doctor to view and examine inside the bladder. If any abnormal tissue is detected, a biopsy tool is passed through the scope to collect a sample of such which is then subjected to histologic analysis before the diagnosis of bladder cancer is confirmed.

7. Bladder cancer can be treated

Depending on the type and stage of the cancer as well as the overall health status and preference of the patient, numerous treatment options are available for bladder cancer. At the early stage, surgery may be performed to remove the bladder tumour (transurethral resection of bladder tumour). In some cases, a small portion of the bladder tissue may also be removed in addition to the tumour (partial cystectomy). Furthermore, in advanced bladder cancer, the entire bladder is removed (radical cystectomy) and the surgeon has to create an alternative bladder to store and expel urine from the body. Chemotherapeutic agents are drugs that kill cancer cells and may be administered before or after surgery to shrink tumour size. Other treatment options include radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

Image Credit: medscapestatic.com

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

VIDEO: Watch Gleeful Moment Davido Arrived Home From Panti Police Station
Entertainment
1 views
Entertainment
1 views

VIDEO: Watch Gleeful Moment Davido Arrived Home From Panti Police Station

MT - October 18, 2017

A video now shows the moment Davido arrived to his home in Lekki as a free man -ready to go back to making music after being released…

Tinubu Speaks on Gani Adams’ Emergence as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland
Art, History and Culture
21 views
Art, History and Culture
21 views

Tinubu Speaks on Gani Adams’ Emergence as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland

PH - October 18, 2017

Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated the emergence of Gani Adams as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. “Dear Otunba, I congratulate you on your appointment as…

Why Nigeria Needs PDP to be as Strong as APC – Obasanjo
Politics
16 views
Politics
16 views

Why Nigeria Needs PDP to be as Strong as APC – Obasanjo

PH - October 18, 2017

Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated that good governor in Nigeria is hinged on a strong opposition party. This way the party in power will not…

Nwankwo Kanu Launches N1 Billion Jackpot Lotto To Support Kanu Heart Foundation
Food and Health
43 views
Food and Health
43 views

Nwankwo Kanu Launches N1 Billion Jackpot Lotto To Support Kanu Heart Foundation

PH - October 17, 2017

Legendary Nigerian footballer and philanthropist, Nwankwo Kanu, is launching the biggest lotto in Africa to raise funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) (www.KanuHeartFoundationNg.com) and help build…

6 Reasons Why Senator Abaribe Applied To Be Discharged As Nnamdi Kanu’s Surety
Politics
60 views
Politics
60 views

6 Reasons Why Senator Abaribe Applied To Be Discharged As Nnamdi Kanu’s Surety

PH - October 17, 2017

The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinaya Abaribe, has applied to the court to be discharged from the suretyship, bond and recognizance of the bail of…

Lagos State Records 100% Increase In Domestic And Sexual Violence Cases
Shocking
46 views
Shocking
46 views

Lagos State Records 100% Increase In Domestic And Sexual Violence Cases

PH - October 17, 2017

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) yesterday has stated that 950 domestic and sexual violence cases have been reported this year alone, compared…

Where Is TSTV Nigeria 17 Days After Launch? – Biola Kazeem
Business
52 views
Business
52 views

Where Is TSTV Nigeria 17 Days After Launch? – Biola Kazeem

PH - October 17, 2017

Renowned sport analyst Biola Kazeem has taken to Twitter to express his thoughts on the inability of TSTV to commence operation 17 days after launching. He also…

Davido Finally Speaks After Alleged Murder – ‘I Forgive All Those Who Called Me A Murderer’
Entertainment
72 views
Entertainment
72 views

Davido Finally Speaks After Alleged Murder – ‘I Forgive All Those Who Called Me A Murderer’

MT - October 17, 2017

Nigerian singer Davido, who has been embroiled in some controversies recently over the death of some friends, says he ‘forgives’ all those who accused him of murder.…

Omoni Oboli’s Okafors Law Becomes the First Nigerian Movie to be Screened at Film Festival in South Korea
Entertainment
65 views
Entertainment
65 views

Omoni Oboli’s Okafors Law Becomes the First Nigerian Movie to be Screened at Film Festival in South Korea

PH - October 17, 2017

Nollywood film maker and actor, Omoni Oboli is grateful for the good news she received on her movie, ‘Okafors Law.’ Earlier this year, a court injunction stopped…

Queen Chanel of Iwoland Explains Why She Wears A Crown
Art, History and Culture
73 views
Art, History and Culture
73 views

Queen Chanel of Iwoland Explains Why She Wears A Crown

PH - October 17, 2017

Queen Chanel Chin, is the wife of Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi. Born in Toronto, Canada, Queen Chanel’s dream of coming to Africa was fulfilled when…

Important Things Couples Should be Doing During Courtship Before Marriage (Must Read)
Lifestyle
65 views
Lifestyle
65 views

Important Things Couples Should be Doing During Courtship Before Marriage (Must Read)

MT - October 17, 2017

Getting married is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make. You are entrusting the rest of your life into the care of another human…

Barack Obama Chooses Nigerian Artist Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
Art, History and Culture
56 views
Art, History and Culture
56 views

Barack Obama Chooses Nigerian Artist Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait

PH - October 17, 2017

Former US President Barack Obama has handpicked artist Kehinde Wiley to paint his official Presidential portrait, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced. Wiley is best known for his pieces showing African-Americans in hip-hop gears,…

Nigeria Wins Re-Election Into UN Human Rights Council
World Buzz
60 views
World Buzz
60 views

Nigeria Wins Re-Election Into UN Human Rights Council

PH - October 17, 2017

Nigeria has won a re-election into the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for the 2018 to 2020 term at an election held on Monday at the…

FUNAAB Produces 203 First Class Graduates
Best of Nigeria
83 views
Best of Nigeria
83 views

FUNAAB Produces 203 First Class Graduates

PH - October 17, 2017

Ololade Enikuomehin, acting vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, said on Monday that the institution produced 203 first class graduates in the 2016/2017 academic session. The university also said…

Tagbo: 5 Things You Need To Know About Davido’s Late Friend
Entertainment
118 views
Entertainment
118 views

Tagbo: 5 Things You Need To Know About Davido’s Late Friend

MT - October 16, 2017

About two weeks ago, Nigerians woke up to the news of the death of one Tagbo Umeike, who was later introduced as a friend of Nigerian hip…

Lukaku Reveals Why He Do Not Put Pressure On Himself Scoring Against Big Teams
Sports
57 views
Sports
57 views

Lukaku Reveals Why He Do Not Put Pressure On Himself Scoring Against Big Teams

MT - October 16, 2017

Liverpool goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet was barely troubled by the Premier League’s top scorer, Romelu Lukaku on Saturday, but he is certain that important goals will come at…

Orji-Uzor Kalu Speaks About Buhari’s Govt. – ‘The President Is Marginalizing The Igbos, I’m Not Afraid To Speak The Truth’
Politics
92 views
Politics
92 views

Orji-Uzor Kalu Speaks About Buhari’s Govt. – ‘The President Is Marginalizing The Igbos, I’m Not Afraid To Speak The Truth’

MT - October 16, 2017

While speaking in an exclusive interview with The Sun Newspaper, achieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, state that…

The Transformation Of These Twins Has Got The Internet Buzzing (PHOTOS)
Inspiring
108 views
Inspiring
108 views

The Transformation Of These Twins Has Got The Internet Buzzing (PHOTOS)

MT - October 16, 2017

These twins’ transformation has everyone talking! Talking about transforming, here’s one. Wow! I guess They grew up Learned a few tricks about makeup and bleaching too.

Loading...