Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is when abnormal cells in the bladder grow and divide in an uncontrolled way.

There are different types of bladder cancer:

  • urothelial carcinoma, formally known as transitional cell carcinoma, is the most common form of bladder cancer (80-90%) and starts in the urothelial cells in the bladder wall’s innermost layer
  • squamous cell carcinoma begins in the thin, flat cells that line the bladder
  • adenocarcinoma is a rare form which starts in mucus-producing cells in the bladder.

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine and is generally not associated with pain. Other symptoms include:

  • problems emptying the bladder
  • a burning feeling when passing urine
  • need to pass urine often
  • blood in urine
  • lower abdominal or back pain.

For more information or support services please go to;

Cancer Council of Australia

Cancer Council ACT

Better Health Channel

or call 131120

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