Bladder cancer is the sixth most prevalent cancer in the US. It causes more than 16,000 deaths yearly. This often presents with painless blood in the urine.

The risk factors for bladder cancer include

  • male sex,
  • older age,
  • white race,
  • occupational exposure to chemicals,
  • history of pelvic radiation,
  • chronic bladder infection or irritation, and
  • cigarette smoking.

If you have painless blood in urine, then see your family doctor. If it is confirmed, then you may need a urologist who will perform a cystoscopy. (a small scope is placed through the urethra to see the inside lining of the bladder).

Should you be screened for bladder cancer?  No.  No major organization recommends screening for bladder cancer due to insufficient evidence that the benefits outweigh the harms of screening.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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