What is Bladder Cancer?
The bladder is a balloon shaped organ situated in the pelvic area that holds urine. Bladder cancer is a kind of cancer that begins in the bladder, most often in the cells forming the inner lining of the bladder. It usually affects older people but can develop at any age.
The majority of bladder cancers are diagnosed early, making it highly treatable. However, this form of cancer has a high likelihood of recurrence even if detected and treated at an early stage. For this reason, people who survive bladder cancer have to undergo follow-up tests at regular intervals to detect any recurrence of the cancer.
Bladder cancer is one of the ten most common cancers in the U.S. Men have a four times higher chance of developing bladder cancer than women and white men have two times the chance of developing bladder cancer than African-American men.