Bladder Cancer: Symptoms

The most common sign is blood in the urine—sometimes this is obvious. Other times, it showed up only with a urine test. Further symptoms may include

  • More frequent urination, an urgent need to urinate, or burning upon elimination
  • Needing to urinate but not being able to
  • Difficulty initiating or stopping urine flow
  • Weak, interrupted, or painful flow
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of weight or appetite
  • Persistent pain in the lower back, upper thigh, or pelvic area

It is important to note that early-stage bladder cancer often produces no symptoms at all. Some of these symptoms are also similar to those of benign conditions such as bladder stones, an enlarged prostate, or even a urinary tract infection. If a patient experiences any of these difficulties, it is important to see a physician promptly. Bladder cancer detected in its earliest stages is treatable and may be, curable.