If you have any symptoms of bladder cancer, they need to be checked by your doctor.

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is a cancer of the bladder, the part of the body which holds pee (urine).

Like the rest of your body, the bladder is made of tiny "building blocks" called cells.

Bladder cancer begins when these cells grow abnormally into a lump or tumour.

Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. It starts in our genes. Our bodies are constantly making new cells, a process controlled by certain genes. Cancers are caused by damage to these genes. As the damaged cells replicate a lump or tumour is formed. 

Tumours can be:

  • Benign - not cancerous. These do not spread to other parts of the body.
  • Malignant - cancerous


Risk factors of bladder cancer video - Pacific Edge

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Symptoms of bladder cancer

Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer may include

  • blood in the pee (urine)
  • needing to pee more often
  • pain when you pee
  • lower tummy (abdomen) or back pain

Having these symptoms does not mean you have bladder cancer, but it is important to have any changes checked by your doctor.

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Tips for talking to your doctor

  • make a list of what you are feeling and how often it happens, including as much detail as possible
  • think about your family/whānau history of cancer and tell your doctor
  • go back to your doctor if you don't feel better, even if tests show you don't have a problem - you can ask for a second opinion if you want one 
  • take a family/whānau member or friend with you to the appointment for support

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Last updated: April 26, 2023