Bladder cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Symptoms appear once the tumour grows larger or into the deeper layers of the bladder wall. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as bladder cancer. See your doctor if you have these symptoms.
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine (called hematuria). Bloody urine may vary from pale yellow-red to bright or rusty red. Blood may always be in the urine, or it may come and go. Sometimes the blood can only be seen with a microscope or found with other urine tests.
Other symptoms of bladder cancer include:
Late signs and symptoms develop as the cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including other organs. Late symptoms of bladder cancer include:
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