From the Desk of RN Beth Battaglino, CEO of Healthy Women
This is an undeniable fact. Nobody knows your body like you do. And when something doesn’t quite feel right, it’s important to pay attention, speak up and look for answers.
Shirley Norris He learned this lesson in 2014 when he noticed bright red blood in his urine. She had had a hysterectomy, so she knew she couldn’t get her period. He saw a urologist for the next few years as he battled persistently recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) that turned out to be bladder cancer.
It’s not unusual for women to have an occasional UTI, but they usually go away with treatment. Other women struggle with UTIs for years and have little success in getting rid of them. While it’s unlikely that recurrent bladder infections are anything as serious as bladder cancer, it’s always good to ask questions, as Shirley does, so you can get answers.
Urothelial bladder cancer (UBC), commonly referred to as “bladder cancer”, is cancer of the urinary tract lining. Although UBC is about four times more common in men than women, women generally have a worse prognosis and Black people have lower survival rates than white people, which means UBC load for black women big one. The key to a high survival rate among all people is early detection, but diagnosis can often be delayed in women as UBC can be confused with common UTI or postmenopausal bleeding. Monica Cox knows this firsthand, “Looking back, I thought the blood I saw in my urine was menstrual blood or related to UTIs, but now I know that’s probably a red flag for bladder cancer.”
That’s why it’s so important to understand what’s normal and what isn’t when it comes to your bladder. What should you pay attention to? What are the symptoms of the problem?
We help you with our bladder health education program understanding the signs and symptomsyour UBC risk factors, including to smokehow to talk to your healthcare provider about any bladder symptoms you are experiencing, and sex life after UBC. And never forget – you are your own best defender.
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Urothelial bladder cancer develops when cancer cells begin to grow in the bladder and is most common in older adults; 9 out of 10 people are over the age of 55, and the average age at diagnosis is 73. There were approximately 81,400 new cases of bladder cancer (about 62,100 in men and about 19,300 in women) in 2020, so it’s important to be aware of the risks, signs, symptoms, and other factors associated with this cancer. For more information, please contact your provider and explore additional resources below.
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