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    Did you know that blood in your urine can be very serious? It may be a symptom of many conditions, including bladder cancer. 

    Bladder Cancer in WOMEN: U.S. Incidence and Mortality

    Recent data from the American Cancer Society estimated 17,960 and 4,390 for bladder cancer incidence and mortality in women in 2013.1


    Women’s Bladder Cancer Survival Rates Lower Than Men’s

    When hematuria (blood in the urine) is mistaken by women as menstrual flow or post-menstrual spotting, or by physicians as cystitis or infection requiring a course of treatment with antibiotics, bladder cancer diagnosis might be delayed by months or longer. Delay can lead to poorer survival rates. African-American women in particular have poor survival rates, according to data from the National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER).

    Earlier diagnosis of most types of cancer, including bladder cancer, can accelerate the application of appropriate therapies.

    Key Message:

    • The American Cancer Society asserts that finding bladder cancer early “improves the chances that it can be treated with success."


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    1. Accessed February 20, 2014