Bladder Cancer Specialist

Urology Of Greater Atlanta -  - Urologist

Urology Of Greater Atlanta

Urologists located in Stockbridge, GA & Griffin, GA

Bladder cancer, most common in older adults and far more prevalent among men than women, is highly curable when caught early. If you've experienced blood in your urine, pain during urination, or frequent urination, these could be symptoms of bladder cancer and should be checked out immediately by a board-certified urologist. At Urology of Greater Atlanta, serving Metro Atlanta, our board-certified urologists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating bladder cancer. Call or make an appointment online to book a consultation.

Bladder Cancer Q & A

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is a cancer that usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. It occurs when the cells of the bladder start to grow abnormally, ultimately forming a tumor. While the cancer is most often associated with the bladder, it’s not uncommon to see it spread throughout the urinary system. If diagnosed early, bladder cancer is highly treatable.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

Since the symptoms of bladder cancer also mimic symptoms of several other concerns, early diagnosis is important. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek a medical evaluation.  

       • Blood in your urine

       • Frequent, painful urination

  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain

What causes bladder cancer?

As with other types of cancer, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what causes bladder cancer. However, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of developing it. These include:

  • Tobacco use: Since your body excretes the chemicals from tobacco smoke through the urine, the lining of the bladder is constantly exposed to the harmful effects of tobacco.
  • Age: While bladder cancer can affect anyone at any age, it is generally found in patients over 40, and the risk increases as you get older.
  • Gender: Bladder cancer can affect both men and women, but it is more frequently diagnosed in men.
  • History: The risk increases if you have a family history of bladder cancer or cancerous cells, as you may have inherited cells that grow abnormally. A personal history also increases the risk; if you have had bladder cancer before, you are more likely to get it again.

What treatments are available for bladder cancer?

The first step is confirming an accurate diagnosis. To do so, cystoscopy is used to obtain a visual of the urinary tract system and to see where the tumor is located. This may be performed in conjunction with a CT scan. Once diagnosed, treatment may include: the surgical removal of the tumor, radiation or intravesical chemotherapy.