The seventh most common cancer in France, bladder cancer is still too little known. While some symptoms are fairly easy to identify, a survey reveals that one in four French people ignore them completely. However, early management of this disease increases the chances of recovery.
Recognize the symptoms of bladder cancer
Of the genitourinary cancers, it is prostate cancer that is the most frequent and the best known. Bladder cancer is the second most common genitourinary cancer, but many people don’t know what symptoms to watch out for. According to an Opinion Way study carried out for the Merck-Pfizer Alliance and the Cancer Vessie France association les Zuros, 68% of French people have already heard of this disease but 1 in 4 respondents ignore the symptoms to watch out for. Finally, only 28% of those questioned declared that they were very familiar with this type of cancer.
However, some symptoms are easily identifiable. These include the blood in the urine (hematuria), frequent urination and a burning sensation when urinating. If any of these signs appear, you should make an appointment with your doctor who will refer the patient to a urologist if necessary.
Tobacco is an aggravating factor in bladder cancer
In France, bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer. It affects between 13,000 and 15,000 people, mainly those aged 70 and over, as well as men (4 men for a woman). This disease is more common in smokers but although tobacco is an aggravating factor, only 3 out of 5 are aware of it.
Bladder cancer is also more common in people who have been treated with radiation or chemotherapy, patients who have recurrent UTIs or who are exposed to chemicals. Its 5-year survival rate is 80% to 90%.