May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, and during this time, we believe that it’s important to raise awareness about this disease, its potential risk factors, and its symptoms so you can be informed to be able to make the best decisions for your health.
How Do Irritants Increase the Risk of Bladder Cancer?
Bladder irritation may potentially increase the risk of bladder cancer, which could be caused by various issues such as bladder stones, frequent UTIs (urinary tract infections), smoking cigarettes, and even the use of indwelling catheters. In addition to that, you could be more likely to suffer from bladder cancer if you’re older or a male.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer in Men and Women
Since those who use catheters and have spinal cord injuries may be more susceptible to bladder cancer, it’s important to know and be able to identify the symptoms of bladder cancer. Symptoms can range in severity and type based on the stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread. However, here are five common symptoms of bladder cancer to be aware of:
- Blood in urine
- Frequent urination
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Painful urination
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to make your urologist or other healthcare provider aware, although these could be caused by a variety of different conditions. This is why it’s so important to have consistent, open communication with your healthcare provider and to make sure they know about any new symptoms you experience so you can be properly evaluated.
In addition to that, remember to use your intermittent catheters in accordance with the sterile guidelines to reduce your risk of infection and follow your doctor’s instructions on how and when to cath.
After Bladder Cancer
If caught early, bladder cancer can be treatable and, depending on the stage, can be survived. Some with bladder cancer may have their bladders removed as part of their treatment to make sure it does not spread farther, but there are options available to keep you independent and healthy, such as urostomy surgery or catheterizing with a neobladder.
If you’re seeking a reliable catheter or ostomy supply provider, 180 Medical offers intermittent catheters along with urostomy pouches, wafers, barriers, adhesive removers, belts, and plenty of other high-quality accessories. Feel free to contact our friendly, trained Product Specialists, who will be glad to work with you to find the right supplies for your needs.