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The most common symptoms of bladder cancer are blood in the urine, urinary symptoms and pain in the lower part of the tummy or back.
This is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. It can happen suddenly and may come and go. Your urine may look pink, red or occasionally brown, or you may see streaks or clots of blood in it.
If you see blood in your urine, it’s very important to get it checked by your GP straight away.
Sometimes, blood in the urine can’t be seen and is picked up in a simple urine test. This is called non-visible or microscopic haematuria. If you have urinary symptoms (see below), doctors usually check your urine for non-visible blood..
Occasionally, people with non-invasive bladder cancer experience a burning feeling when they pass urine or feel the need to pass urine more often or urgently. These symptoms are usually caused by infection rather than cancer. But some people may need more tests so a diagnosis can be made.
This is less common, but it may occur in some people.
There are different causes for the above symptoms, such as infection or stones in the bladder or kidney.
But if you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to get them checked by your GP. The earlier bladder cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be cured.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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