May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month!

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This May, and every May, we will commemorate the month with public awareness programs, increased education, and a greater emphasis on sharing the struggles of those diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones.  As with other diseases, public awareness is the first step towards finding a cure.  We hope to have the month nationally recognized, but regardless, we must move forward.  We will kick off our May festivities with BCAN’s Annual Walk for Bladder Cancer®, which brings together survivors, loved ones and medical professionals in their local communities.  We need your help.  Join BCAN this May and all year long to bring bladder cancer awareness to the forefront.  Share your story.  Talk about your symptoms and your cancer journey.  You will not only increase awareness of the disease, but you could help save a life.

Check back to our website, follow our social media, the Inspire online community and email communications for more information about how you can get involved this May.


Signs & Symptoms 

BCAN is proud to announce its newest fact sheet.  To print a downloadable copy click here: Bladder Cancer Symptoms & Signs

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Woman IconWomen & Bladder Cancer 

The 5-year survival rate for women is equal to the 10-year survival rate for men. Though it is more prevalent in men, studies have shown that women are more likely to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage of the disease.  According to a report published by the National Cancer Institute, the survival rate for women with bladder cancer lags behind that of men at all stages of the disease. African-American women, particularly have poor outcomes when diagnosed with bladder cancer. In addition, the number of women diagnosed with bladder cancer has been increasing. Each week we will highlight women who have survived bladder cancer,  so please check back.

We’ve featured Daphne and Anna below.   Click here to read more stories about women and bladder cancer.



Nancy:  Diagnosed with Stage 1, high grade bladder cancer in 2008

Key message: My story may sound like the fastest bladder cancer diagnosis in history but please read to the end. Read More…




Lynn:   Diagnosed in 2011 at age 53 with muscle invasive bladder cancer

Key message:  In early May of 2011, I noticed blood in my urine. At first I thought this might be a sign of menopause.  Read More…



Bladder Cancer in the News

BCAN’s President & Co-Founder, Diane Zipursky Quale, speaks with Comcast Newsmakers host, Yolanda Vazquez, about the importance of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.


BCAN’s Diane Zipursky Quale speaks with Fox5 DC anchor, Sarah Simmons, about the signs, symptoms and risk factors for bladder cancer.
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Upcoming Events 


BCAN Open House Invite

 Do you live the in DC Metro Area?  Join us for BCAN’s Open House: May 8th- 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


To RSVP click here





Patient Insight Webinars Spring Series

Bladder Cancer Treatment and  Nutrition Webinar 5-14-14 Flyer
May 14th at 8PM EST for The Role of Nutrition in Surgery & Chemotherapy Bladder Cancer Treatment.

To register click here.

Dr. Raj Pruthi, MD, FACS, Urologist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Rachel Wong, RD, CSO, LD, Oncology Dietitian, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital are experts in this area. They will discuss this topic and answer questions. They will provide information about the role of nutrition before and after bladder removal surgery including hydration, protein and supplements, the impact of nutritional deficiency on surgery, how it’s measured, and what can be done, symptom management for chemotherapy, and guidelines and examples.


May 29th at 8PM EST “Debunking Myths about Nutrition and Bladder Cancer.”

To register click here.

Topics Include:

Role of nutrition in preventing bladder cancer and risk factors
Nutrition and bladder cancer recurrence
Debunking myths about foods, nutritional supplements, vitamins and mineral and bladder cancer

Featured speakers:

Dr. Ashish Kamat, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center LTC
Dr. Stacey G. Koff, MD, Urology Service Chief, Fort Belvoir Community HospitalDebra K. Rowland, RD, CSO, Oncology Dietitian, INOVA Alexandria Cancer Center


Tell Us Your Story!

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