Bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder develop changes in their DNA, causing them to grow and divide uncontrollably. It is often diagnosed early because in many cases it causes obvious symptoms, such as blood in the urine (hematuria). While some risk factors for bladder cancer can be mitigated by behavior (e.g., smoking cessation), others cannot (e.g., age or gender). Treatment options for bladder cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be roughly 83,730 new cases of bladder cancer in the United States this year. It is the fourth most common cancer in men, but it is less common in women. Bladder cancer is most often diagnosed in individuals who are ages 55 and older.
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