Have you, a parent, spouse or child been diagnosed with bladder cancer? Is the origin of it inexplicable? Was your breast, lung or colorectal cancer not properly diagnosed initially? Did the cancer spread or advance to another stage? Please contact our bladder cancer injury lawyers as you may be entitled to benefits, medical care and financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, damages as well as pain and suffering compensation. Misdiagnosis claims account for a majority of med mal lawsuits with various cancers being the most common type of delayed or inaccurate diagnosis. Breast cancer and lung cancer are the 2 most frequently misdiagnosed cancers of those more than 100 types of cancer. An inaccurate diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis or failure to treat bladder cancer are a close 3rd in terms of common cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits across the country.
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Bladder Cancer Statistics
Worldwide cancer of the bladder is the ninth-most-common form of cancer, with approximately 430,000 new cases diagnosed annually. There are several different subtypes of bladder cancer, with urothelial (transitional) cancer being the most common type, making up more than 90 percent of all cases in the United States. Environmental exposure accounts for most cases of bladder cancer, with cigarette smoking responsible for the majority. Industrial chemical exposure also has been associated with bladder cancer development. Median age of diagnosis is 70, with 4-to-1 male predominance. Racial and ethnic variations also exist, with white males having the highest risk, twice the incidence of nonwhite males. Other risk factors include chronic inflammation or trauma of the urinary tract as well as certain types of infection.
What Is Bladder Cancer?
All cancers are named 1 of 2 ways: where they originate or the type of cells that formed the cancer, tumor or growth. Bladder cancer is named for where it began forming i.e. the colon. It can be purely genetic and form in young people that other cancers may not.
Symptoms Of Bladder Cancer
Cancer of the bladder can include painless hematuria (blood in the urine) and can be either macroscopic (grossly visible) or microscopic (not visible). Hematuria can be associated with irritative voiding symptoms such as pain, increased frequency and urgency. At times, due to the similarity of symptoms, bladder cancer can be initially misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection, which can unfortunately delay the [correct] diagnosis. Other symptoms can include pain in the lower abdomen related to tumor growth and infiltration into adjacent organs or the pelvic wall. In advanced [stages], weight loss, anorexia, fatigue and night sweats can be symptoms of cancer of the bladder.
Diagnosing Bladder Cancer
The first step in properly diagnosing cancer of the bladder in patients who have unexplained hematuria include urinalysis. The gold standard for detecting bladder tumors in patients with hematuria or suspicion of bladder cancer is cystoscopy. During cystoscopy, a scope is inserted into the bladder through the urethra for direction examination of the bladder by the urologist. Should any abnormalities or tumors be detected are then biopsied and diagnosis is made. In patients diagnosed with bladder cancer, further [tests] such as [a] CT scan or MRI will be necessary to establish the extent of the disease. Failure to do any of these diagnostic tests can enable the cancer to spread or move to another stage which limits treatment options.
What Is Bladder Cancer Misdiagnosed As?
Cancer of the bladder, like all cancers, can easily be mistaken for a different type of cancer, being in a different cancer stage or another illness or health condition altogether. Examples are:
- Kidney cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Overactive bladder
- Renal cell carcinoma
- Bladder papilloma or other types of benign tumors
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Kidney infections
- Bladder infections
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