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Dr. Cole Kreofsky
Ask A Pro - Bladder Cancer

                               With Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist

                                                Bismarck Cancer Center

Q: I have seen some blood in my urine. Could it be bladder cancer

A: Blood in the urine can be one of the first signs of bladder cancer, but it doesn't always mean you have cancer. More often it's caused by other things like an infection, benign (not cancer) tumors, stones in the kidney or bladder, or other kidney diseases. In some cases, blood in the urine could be the first sign of bladder cancer. There may be enough blood to change the color of the urine to orange, pink, or, less often, dark red. Sometimes, the color of the urine is normal but small amounts of blood are found when a urine test is done as part of a general medical check-up. Here some additional symptoms of bladder cancer:

  • Feeling as if you need to urinate, even when your bladder isn't full
  • Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream
  • Having to get up to urinate more often than normal
  • Pain or burning during urination

   Many of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something other than bladder cancer, but it’s important to check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns.



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