Frequently Asked Bladder Cancer Questions

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Bladder Cancer FAQ

What Are the Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer?

The risk factors for bladder cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals used in paints, rubber, leather, textiles, and dyes
  • Exposure to diesel fumes
  • Chronic bladder infections
  • Past radiation exposure
  • Herbs from the Aristolochia family
  • Parasitic infections
  • Arsenic in drinking water

To learn more about bladder cancer, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Who Has the Highest Risk for Bladder Cancer?

People who have the highest risk for bladder cancer include:

  • Smokers who work with industrial chemicals
  • Smokers
  • Painters
  • Machinists
  • Printers
  • Hairdressers
  • People who have had cancer in the urinary tract

If you are concerned about your risk of developing bladder cancer, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Is Bladder Cancer More Common in Males or Females?

Yes, bladder cancer is more common in males than in females, as it is the fourth most common cancer in men. If you are experiencing urology issues, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Does a Family History of Bladder Cancer Increase My Risk?

Yes, having a family history of bladder cancer can increase your risk of also developing the disease. To learn more about bladder cancer, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

What Causes Bladder Cancer?

Certain factors are linked to bladder cancer. While the exact cause of bladder cancer is unknown, there are factors that are linked to developing bladder cancer, such as:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Genes that prevent the elimination of bladder toxins
  • Mutation of PTEN gene
  • Lynch syndrome
  • Prior radiation exposure
  • Chronic bladder infections

To learn more about what causes bladder cancer, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Can Bladder Infections, Bladder Stones, or Kidney Stones Cause Bladder Cancer?

While these issues have been linked to the development of bladder cancer, it is still unknown if they actually cause the disease. If you are experiencing issues related to bladder infection, bladder stones, or kidney stones, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer symptoms are often very similar to urinary tract infection symptoms, including:

  • Blood in the urine, light or dark colored
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak urine stream
  • Lower back pain
  • Weight and appetite loss
  • Fatigue
  • Urine leakage

For more information about the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Will My Urine Change Color If I Have Bladder Cancer?

You may see blood in your urine which can be dark or bright red. For more information about bladder cancer symptoms, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

Can Bladder Cancer Spread?

Yes, just like most other cancers, bladder cancer can spread. In most cases it will spread to the outside of the bladder, the reproductive organs, lymph nodes, abdomen, pelvis, lungs, bones, or liver. If you are concerned about your risk of developing bladder cancer, please call (406) 375-2930 to schedule an appointment with Bitterroot Surgical Associates.

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