According to the American Cancer Society in 2013 an estimated 72,570 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer. Of those diagnosed, about 18,000 of those cases will be women. An estimated 4,390 women will die of bladder cancer in this year alone.
Although the exact causes of bladder cancer are unknown, there are risk factors that can increase the chances of being diagnosed with the disease such as age, smoking tobacco and ethnicity. For example, women who smoke are three times as likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer, when compared to women who don’t smoke. Also, while women can be diagnosed with bladder cancer at any age, older women have a higher risk for being diagnosed with the disease.
One of the most common symptoms of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Often these symptoms are overlooked by women and even some doctors since blood in the urine is also associated with urinary tract infection, menstruation and menopause. Our Women & Bladder Cancer series features stories of female survivors of all ages and backgrounds, who are winning the fight against bladder cancer. These women decided to share their stories in order to help and empower other women. Every story is unique but all the women below are connected because they faced similar obstacles in the fight against bladder cancer. Read their stories to get educated, get inspired and get connected. Click here to see their stories: http://www.bcan.org/learn/women-bladder-cancer/