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The most common symptom of bladder cancer is the presence of blood in the urine. Often, this symptom occurs in the early stages of cancer, when it is more treatable. However, there are a number of other symptoms that are linked to bladder cancer that you may not be aware of. Recognizing some of the lesser known signs and symptoms of bladder cancer can increase the likelihood of an early diagnosis and treatment.

Here are five lesser known symptoms that you may not have realized are linked to bladder cancer:

  1. Painful urination or a burning sensation while urinating
  2. Frequent urination, including throughout the night
  3. Feeling the need to urinate but being unable to do so
  4. Pain in the lower back
  5. Pain in the abdominal area

What to do if you have any of these symptoms

The presence of any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have bladder cancer. In fact, there are many other, more common conditions that can cause these same symptoms. Only a physician can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan for you. Therefore, if you notice any of these symptoms, you should avoid jumping to conclusions and instead schedule an appointment with your physician.

If you have already received a bladder cancer diagnosis or would like a second opinion, you can find comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services at Moffitt Cancer Center. Under a single roof, we provide all of the imaging tests, treatment options and supportive care services necessary to help our patients face the challenges of overcoming bladder cancer. You can schedule an appointment with or without a referral by calling 1-888-663-3488 or filling out a new patient registration form online.