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Understanding Bladder Cancer -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

In its early stages, bladder cancer may not have obvious symptoms. In the later stages, symptoms of bladder cancer may include:

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  • Bloody urine, most often painless, is the most common symptom. The urine color ranges from faintly rusty to deep red, sometimes containing blood clots. Blood traces, invisible to the naked eye, may show up in tests of urine samples.
  • Frequent urinary tract infections, painful urination, a need to urinate often, and difficulty holding in urine.
  • Weight loss or appetite loss.
  • Fever.
  • Night sweats.
  • Abdominal or back pain, persistent low-grade fever, or anemia.
  • Swelling of the lower extremities due to lymphatic obstruction.

Call Your Doctor About Bladder Cancer If:

You have any of the symptoms listed above. Although they may not be cancer-related, you should be screened for bladder cancer.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 15, 2015

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