Persistent urinary tract infections (UTI) or UTI-like symptoms may be an indication of bladder cancer or the potential for bladder cancer. Depending on your symptoms, or if there is pain involved, it’s time to get the facts. If you are experiencing continued UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms, it may be time to talk to your doctor.
The bladder is where urine is stored until it can be released from your body. Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder in the form of three types of cancer that are more common in white men but can also be found in women. With 74,000 cases diagnosed per year, it is considered the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States.
Bladder cancer often has symptoms similar to a UTI. This can be problematic as a doctor may quickly prescribe treatment for a UTI infection when treatment for bladder cancer should be given instead. As a result, a delay of receiving important medication could allow more cancer damage to happen. Approximately 15,000 people die each year from this disease.
Symptoms for a UTI may be:
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Pain during urination
- Pressure in lower stomach or back
- Strong need to urinate, even after going to the bathroom
Symptoms for bladder cancer could include:
- Blood in the urine
- Urination pain
- Pain in the lower back
- Having to go to the bathroom all the time
Possible causes of bladder cancer
UTI-like symptoms could be a sign of possible bladder cancer but there are also various causes that have been associated with the disease.
Smoking is one of the major contributors to this disease. Those who smoke have a higher chance of developing the disease than non-smokers.
Exposure to chemicals also lead to the development of bladder cancer. If your kidneys, which are directly linked to your bladder, are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals, a bladder problem could develop.
Family history can often be a cause of various diseases, especially bladder cancer. If a close or sometimes even distant relative had this disease your chances may rise.
When to see your doctor
Second guessing chronic UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms could be hazardous to your health. Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with Anthony DeSalvo, M.D. online, or call 330.856.7212 to speak with OB/GYN Associates of Warren today.