Nearly one in four French people say they ignore the symptoms of bladder cancer, the 7th most common cancer in France. While we estimate that it affects between 13,000 and 15,000 French each year, it remains relatively unknown.
Indeed, according to an Opinion Way survey relayed by 20 minutes, 24% of French people do not know which symptoms to watch out for and conversely, only 28% say they know bladder cancer very well, according to an Opinion Way survey revealed by the daily. This pathology, which mainly affects men (4 men for a woman), manifests itself first. by the presence of blood in the urine, in 90% of patients, explains on his site the ARC Foundation, for cancer research. Delay of diagnosis being very common, it is therefore necessary consult as soon as blood appears in the urine. The magazine Health Press states that in some cases “urine looks normal” and blood is only detectable by a lab test.
This symptom is also present in many other diseases, (kidney stones, urinary tract infections). This is why the patient does not always think of bladder cancer and ignore this symptom, explains to 20 Minutes Yohann Loriot, oncologist at Gustave Roussy hospital.
The importance of screening
“Other local symptoms can alert the patient: more frequent urination, burning or pain during urination,” writes the ARC foundation. As mentioned earlier, she specifies that these symptoms are present in other pathologies, several medical examinations are necessary. to find bladder cancer.
Michel Cymes recalled this last November, thepeople who have beaten the disease often have thanks to early detection. Detecting cancer early makes it possible to act quickly, to resort to less heavy treatments, and therefore more bearable, and to” optimize the chances of recovery. This is the case with bladder cancer. In the most serious cases, the bladder is removed to replace it with a urine bag, but treated quickly. the cure rate is high.
According to Presse Santé magazine, there are factors that can increase the risk of bladder cancer such as smoking, exposure to certain chemicals or age. Indeed, “most people diagnosed with bladder cancer are over 55 years old“, specifies the specialized magazine.
A study to detect it earlier
The World Health Organization’s Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on February 20 that a simple urine test would detect genetic mutations warning signs of bladder cancer, more than ten years before the diagnosis was made. A huge medical breakthrough from a study published on February 17 in the journal EBioMedicine.