Having problems with urinating? It could be a sign of bladder cancer, especially among older men.
When to see the doctor
Bladder cancer signs and symptoms can include:
Blood in urine (haematuria)
Having to urinate more than usual
Feeling the urge to urinate even if the bladder is not full
Lower back pain on one side
Weak urine stream
Fatigue and weakness
Loss of appetite and weight
The most common complaint doctors usually hear is painless blood in the urine.
There are a few ways to reduce the risk of bladder cancer:
Smoking is the biggest and most common risk factor for bladder cancer.
Beware of chemicals
If you work with chemicals, follow all safety instructions to avoid exposure.
And follow the necessary protocols in occupational screening for cancers.
If you have blood in the urine, either visible or identified during urine microscopic examination, see your urologist within two weeks of discovering the symptom.
Even if it goes away, you should still meet the urologist for a proper assessment.
Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer and should not be ignored.
You can achieve a reasonably high cure rate if bladder cancers are diagnosed early.