HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and eighth most common cancer in women, with 75,000 new diagnoses in the United States each year. It also has the highest rate of recurrence of any other cancers – up to a 70 percent recurrence rate.
Many people are unaware that carcinogen exposure is the most common risk factor for developing bladder cancer, as more than 80 percent of cases are linked to a history of tobacco use or exposure to common dyes and solvents used in the textile, rubber and petroleum industries. Other risk factors include increasing age, as most cases are diagnosed after the age of 50, obesity and certain medical exposures, such as pelvic radiation.
The main sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine that is most often painless, which can be visible to the individual or detected on a micro-exam. Another, less common symptom of the disease, is a significant or sudden onset change in bladder voiding (emptying) habits. Individuals who have noticed any symptoms of the disease should discuss them with their primary care doctor to see if they need referral to a specialist, especially individuals with known risk factors. Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of urologists, oncologists and related healthcare providers dedicated to providing the best possible treatment for individuals with bladder cancer—close to where they live and work.
Dr. Ted Manny is a urologist at Alliance Urology and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Manny is a 2007 medical school graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern. He completed his residency in urology and a fellowship in robotics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.