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Bladder Cancer Symptoms and How It Affects the Body

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

Every year thousands of people die from cancer around the world. This disease affects different parts of the body including the bladder. In the United States alone, there are hundreds and thousands of cases of people with history of bladder cancer. Causes of the disease may vary from genetics to substances taken for a different health condition.

One of the most common bladder cancer causes recently recorded is the use of Actos. This is a drug used by people afflicted with Type II Diabetes. It controls your blood sugar and helps your body to better use the insulin it produces. It prevents unnecessary buildup of sugar in your bloodstream. While it helps people with diabetes in many ways, experts have found a link between the drug and bladder cancer. Symptoms of the fatal disease became more prevalent on those who used the drug in the past.

Pioglitazone or more known as the brand Actos, recently received a ban from the FDA. A few years ago, this medicine became a popular treatment for Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Today, you will not find the drug on the shelves of your local pharmacy store. While the research is continuous, many have died from the new disease they have acquired. Recent studies found that the risk of developing bladder cancer is 40% higher for people who regularly took the drug for two years.

You can file a complaint against the Actos manufacturer if you think you have been diagnosed with the disease because you used the drug in the past. Many others have done the same and requested for compensation. For this, you will need the help of a lawyer focused specifically on this case.

You are already a candidate for this type of cancer if you took the drug in the past. You might not realize it but you could be already experiencing some bladder cancer symptoms. Here are some of them.


Among all bladder cancer symptoms, this one you should never ignore. It is the discoloration of your urine because of blood. When this occurs, it is time to consult your doctor. Along with the darker color, you may experience discomfort while urinating.

Urinary tract Infection

This is a bacterial infection, which affects the urinary tract. It is a disease, which is more common in women than men. People can get this disease when they do not clean themselves well or control what they eat or drink. In this case, it can be in relation with Hematuria.

You may also experience frequent pain in your abdomen or lower back area. In some cases, you may notice a bump or mass forming on the pelvic area. When your condition worsens, you may notice a drastic loss of weight, anemia and pain all over the pelvic area.

Learn more about these bladder cancer symptoms when you visit your regular physician. Schedule an appointment and check-up to be sure if you have acquired the disease or not.

Lucas Lord is a health blogger who has written about bladder cancer causes and bladder cancer symptoms.

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