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Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal, cancerous cells growing in the bladder. Bladder cancer affects men four times more often than women, and occurs in Caucasians twice as often as in African-Americans. The risk of bladder cancer increases with age. More than 70 percent of people diagnosed with it are older than age 65.

The most common symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Visible blood in the urine
  • Microscopic hematuria – the presence of red blood cells in the urine that cannot be seen with the naked eye
  • Painful urination
  • Urgency – frequently feeling the need to urinate without results
  • Frequent urination
  • Pelvic or flank pain

The symptoms of bladder cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.