The bladder is an organ that stores urine before it is eliminated.
Bladder cancer can occur in men and women. The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. This can be blood that is seen (macroscopic) or only seen under the microscope (microscopic).
Estimated new cases and deaths from bladder cancer in the United States in 2007:
- New cases: 67,160
- Deaths: 13,750
- Source: NCI
The treatment of bladder cancer varies based on the stage and grade. Most low grade and noninvasive bladder cancers can be managed without major surgery.
Most invasive bladder cancers need more aggressive therapy including surgery or radiation and chemotherapy.
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