Bladder Cancer

The bladder is part of the urinary tract that stores urine until you are ready (or feel the urge) to urinate.  Bladder cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop within the bladder. The exact cause of bladder cancer is relatively unknown but research has proven that smoking causes at least half of the diagnosed cases.  Blood in the urine is the primary symptom of bladder cancer. Most bladder cancers are transitional cell carcinomas that begin in the cells that make up the inner lining of the bladder. In 2009, it is estimated that there will be 71,000 diagnosed cases of bladder cancer; in most cases the cancer is found early enough and can be treated.

For more information about bladder cancer, click here:

http://www.cancer.gov/bladder