Blood in Your Urine, Could it Be Cancer, Check it out!

When detected early, the prognosis for bladder cancer patients is excellent with the American Cancer Society stating that the early detection 5 year survival is 92%. Women are often diagnosed when the cancer is advanced and bladder cancer in women is more frequent and more deadly than cervical cancer. The symptoms can be deceiving and women can think they have cystitis or a urinary tract infection. Some individuals may have blood in their urine when they have bladder cancer, but the presence of blood may be intermittent and the amount of blood doesn’t correlate with the severity of the cancer.

NMP22® BladderChek® is a simple, non-invasive test that provides a result in 30 minutes. Although bladder cancer has a high rate of recurrence, it is a very treatable disease. People at elevated risk for bladder cancer include smokers, menopausal women, individuals with chronic stones or urinary tract infections and those in certain high- risk occupations who have had chemical exposures. Women’s Health Practiceis of Champaign Illinois is the first community providers and is accepting patients for this test.  We encourage those at risk to ask your doctor if you are at high risk for bladder cancer and whether the NMP22® BladderChek® Test is right for you.


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