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FAQs

How prevalent is bladder cancer?
What are the symptoms?
Can bladder cancer be detected early?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who is part of the treatment team?



How prevalent is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is more common in men than women. The chance of a man getting bladder cancer is 1 in 27, while a woman's chance is 1 in 85.

What are the symptoms?

  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during urination
  • Lower back pain
  • Feeling the need to urinate without success

Can bladder cancer be detected early?

Screening for bladder cancer is not recommended for people who are not considered high risk. People may be screened for bladder cancer if they have had bladder cancer, bladder defects or prolonged exposure to chemicals.

What are the risk factors?

  • Gender (men are at greater risk than women)
  • Race (Caucasians are at greater risk)
  • Smoking
  • Diet high in fried meats and fats and low in antioxidants
  • Regular exposure to rubber, paint, hairdressing chemicals and petroleum

If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

Who is part of the treatment team?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by a specially trained team of urologists, reconstructive urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, genetics counselors and nurses, who are dedicated to caring for patients with bladder cancer. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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