Monday, May 1, 2017

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Some of you may know that I was diagnosed with #BladderCancer last August. What with multiple hospital stays (one for as long as 24 days!!!) and several procedures, I can happily say that I am "cancer-free" (praises to The Most High)!! But I still have to undergo at least one other surgery to repair my new bladder because of complications. That being said, May is "Bladder Cancer Awareness Month" and all month-long I'll be providing some education on risk-factors and symptoms of the disease. This is especially important information for women because many will pass off the symptoms as "something else."
Please be aware that the following symptom can be a sign of other conditions and does not mean that you have bladder cancer. However, you should DEFINITELY discuss it with your health care provider.
Let's begin. Symptom #1:
Blood in the urine (Hematuria). Hematuria may be visible or microscopic and is usually painless. The urine may have a slightly pink or orange hue, or it may be bright red with or without clots. I had blood in my urine, sometimes with clots, but I was fortunate that I took action right away. When I mentioned this to my doctor, she IMMEDIATELY scheduled an appointment with a urologist. That was PARAMOUNT!
Many other conditions may cause blood in the urine, but bladder cancer should be ruled out.
I'll be listing other symptoms in a later post. Thanks for reading. 😄 

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