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Could Persistent UTI-like Symptoms be Bladder Cancer?

Persistent urinary tract infections (UTI) or UTI-like symptoms may be an indication of bladder cancer or the potential for bladder cancer. It depends on the type of symptoms, how long you have had them and if there is pain involved.

Getting the facts, as well as seeing your doctor, is important if you are experiencing continued UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms.

Bladder cancer

The bladder is where urine is stored until it can be released from your body. Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder in the form of three types of cancer that are more common in white men but can also be found in women. With 74,000 cases diagnosed per year, it is considered the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States.

Similar symptoms

Bladder cancer often has symptoms similar to a UTI. This can be problematic as a doctor may quickly prescribe treatment for a UTI infection when treatment for bladder cancer should be given instead. As a result, a delay of receiving important medication could allow more cancer damage to happen. Approximately 15,000 people die each year from this disease.

Symptoms for a UTI may be:

  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Pain during urination
  • Pressure in lower stomach or back
  • Strong need to urinate, even after going to the bathroom

Symptoms for bladder cancer could include:

    • Blood in the urine
    • Urination pain
    • Pain in the lower back
    • Having to go to the bathroom all the time

Possible causes of bladder cancer

UTI-like symptoms could be a sign of possible bladder cancer but there are also various causes that have been associated with the disease.

Smoking is one of the major contributors to this disease. Those who smoke have a higher chance of developing the disease than non-smokers.

Exposure to chemicals could also lead to the development of bladder cancer. If your kidneys, which are directly linked to your bladder, are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals, a bladder problem could develop.

Family history can often be a cause of various diseases, especially bladder cancer. If a close or sometimes even distant relative had this disease your chances may rise.

When to see your doctor

Second guessing chronic UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms could be a bad move. Always see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you just feel like something is wrong. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaplon, MD call (941) 917-5400 today.

Improving ED And Urinary Incontinence With Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Improving ED and urinary incontinence with pelvic floor physical therapy may sound like a foreign language to the average American male. Even though approximately 25% of men under 40 have issues with ED, they may not be familiar with the importance of strong pelvic floor muscles and how physical therapy can improve their issues.

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What’s The Solution For Urinary Incontinence?

Have you ever had a great time with friends laughing out loud, but found yourself uncontrollably leaking urine?  You might have even thought “I’m too young for this to be happening.”

The truth is urinary incontinence is not just for older women. It can happen to women of all ages during exercise or while laughing, sneezing and coughing. This particular type of incontinence is known as stress urinary incontinence and it is quite prevalent.

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Tips To Keep Your Kidneys Free Of Stones

Anyone who has ever experienced the knife-like pain of passing a kidney stone vows to do everything to keep their kidneys free of stones in the future. Those lucky enough to have never had a stone, listen up, because these tips may save you from a whole world of hurt.

Whichever column you fit in to, it can’t “hurt” to do a quick review, or learn for the first time, how to avoid kidney stones.

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What Every Man Should Know About Vasectomies

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It’s time to clear up some myths about vasectomy and provide some factual information that every man should know.

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Easy Ways To Prevent Kidney Stones

If you or a loved one has ever passed a kidney stone, we don’t have to tell you how painful it is, or how helpless you feel. If it’s a first-time event, you can be frightened out of your mind wondering what could be causing this horrible pain. 

Sadly, if you have one case, you are more susceptible to others. If they become recurring, you will do almost anything to prevent them.

Here are some easy ways to prevent kidney stones.

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