Bladder cancer may not cause symptoms. If you have any, don’t think it's because of cancer. Many of them are caused by other, less serious conditions such as urinary tract infections. But, it's still important to talk about them with your doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will improve your chances for a cure.
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. The urine may look brown, rusty, or it may have clots you can see. Often, bloody urine appears one day and disappears another. This doesn't mean there's not a problem or that it goes away. Anytime you see blood in the urine, even if there's no pain, you should call your doctor.
Irritation can cause problems that interfere with how the bladder works. Irritation may cause:
Later stages of cancer may cause:
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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