Expert Advice: The bladder cancer symptom you should not ignore
Host Amber Smith: Here's some expert advice from urologic oncologist, Dr. Joe Jacob, from Upstate Medical University. What are symptoms of bladder cancer that a man or woman should not ignore?
Joseph Jacob, MD: The main thing that you have to understand is that seeing blood in the urine is not normal. So if you have blood in the urine, you should tell your doctor, and likely you need to see a urologist. Now, sometimes you'll have a bad urinary tract infection with blood, but if you're having what we call asymptomatic blood in the urine -- so you're not having any symptoms and you're seeing blood in the urine -- then you really, really need to see a urologist. And that's one thing. The other thing is, you have to see your primary care doctor, and your primary care doctor will check your urine and check for microscopic blood as well. So this would be something you may not necessarily see with your own eyes, but they'll see this when they look under the microscope, and if there's blood microscopically, then you need to see a urologist as well.
Host Amber Smith: You've been listening to urologic oncologist, Dr. Joe Jacob from Upstate Medical University.