Bladder Cancer Awareness Day 2023 History, Significance, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Daet Chart, Quotes and Status

The bladder is a hollow, flexible organ located in the lower abdomen that stores urine. Bladder cancer is a common heterogeneous disease of the bladder that arises from the uncontrolled growth of bladder cells. About 45,000 men and 17,000 women are diagnosed with bladder tumors each year.  It’s no wonder that hearing the word “cancer” makes us all panic. Cancer is not easy to diagnose or even suspect.

 When we hear this word, we think of chemotherapy, hair loss, weight loss, nausea, and possibly death. We think that patients usually have a long journey to be cancer-free. And we all know perfectly well that it is a long and difficult journey for both the patient and those around him/her.

 Today is Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Every year on 7 May Bladder Cancer Awareness Day is observed to inform people about the symptoms and treatment of bladder cancer. It is mainly diagnosed in the early stages and can be effectively treated. Also, mutations occur in the bladder and many cases, these mutated cells die or are attacked by our immune system and later form tumors and metastasize to other parts of the body.

Bladder cancer is a common and heterogeneous disease with a high mortality rate if not treated properly.  The bladder is a hollow, flexible organ that stores urine in the lower abdomen. It starts when cells in the bladder begin to grow uncontrollably, it can be benign if it is confined or cancerous (malignant), causing more cells to grow and form a tumor and spread to other parts of the body.  Most bladder tumors can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated effectively.

About 3% of 350,000 people worldwide develop bladder cancer due to malignant tumors.  It is diagnosed every year. It occurs in all age groups but the age range between 50-60 is high. Additionally, men are 3-4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women as they age. Bladder cancer occurs in the urinary bladder. One of the most common malignancies in the system arises from the mucous membrane of the urinary bladder.

Epithelial cells of the mucous membrane of the bladder include uroepithelial cells, from which mesothelioma develops, with a malignancy of 90-95% in most cases. Other rare bladder cancers include squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

History of Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Cancer of any kind generally, and bladder cancer in particular, begins when a change, a mutation, occurs in the DNA of a cell. A cell’s DNA contains all the instructions the cell should follow, it tells the cell what to do. When a mutation occurs, the DNA tells the cells to grow faster and out of control, and to continue living beyond their lifespan, when they would normally die. This abnormal growth of cells forms a tumor.

Over time, the tumor will grow larger and press on the surrounding healthy structures and invade other parts of the bladder, or worse, it can spread to other parts of the body. Our bladders contain many different types of cells, and each type can contain malignant cells that can form a tumor. Where cancer starts, determines the type of bladder cancer and also determines the appropriate treatment. The bladder is a hollow muscular balloon-shaped organ located in your lower abdomen and pelvis and stores urine produced by the kidneys until it leaves the body.

Cancer is a disease that starts when some cells in the body start growing out of control and when it occurs in the urinary tract it is called bladder cancer.  According to the World Health Organization, bladder cancer is the twelfth most common cancer worldwide, with approximately 170,000 new cases each year. One-third of these are in developing countries.

Bladder cancer often begins in urothelial cells. Cells that line the inside of the bladder, are also found in the kidneys and ureters.  The ureters are tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder.  This urothelial cancer can also occur in the kidneys and ureters because these cells are found there as well, but it is more common in the bladder than in the kidneys and ureters.

For bladder cancer, surgery is the primary treatment.  However, there are different types of surgery.  Since the bladder is used 8 to 10 times a day for urination, life without it is impossible.

Significance of Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day has a great significance. Cancer is a deadly disease.  Raising awareness about any disease is imperative.  Bladder Cancer Awareness Day is observed to inform people about bladder cancer symptoms risks and remedies. Bladder cancer is twice as common in men. Bladder cancer is very closely related to cigarettes.  When we smoke, various carcinogens are produced.  And these carcinogens are excreted in the urine.  Thus, urine is directly affected by cigarettes.

The longer this carcinogen-laden urine is stored in the bladder, the easier it is to develop bladder cancer. In the old days, men smoked a lot more than women, so you can see the gender difference.  But these days, many women also smoke, so there is an increase in female bladder cancer patients. If you remove the entire bladder, there is often no need to come to the hospital, because cancer does not recur well.  But the bladder is a very important organ for normal daily life.

Even if the cancer is removed by endoscopic surgery without removing the bladder, the bladder is still there, and it is easy for cancer to recur. We are all familiar with the bladder because we always use it every time we urinate.  It is a pocket that stores urine and, with a pumping action, drains it.  When urine becomes problematic and is stored in the bladder for a long time, this is how cancer develops. Therefore, bladder cancers mostly occur inside the bladder where it comes into contact with urine. Therefore, symptoms of bladder cancer appear quickly.

But the problem is since the symptoms can disappear on their own, they can be easily overlooked if you’re not careful. The main symptom is hematuria with no pain.  There is blood in the urine, but it is not painful.  Since there is no pain, many people assume that it is no big deal and that this blood can disappear without treatment.

So, if we know the symptoms of any cancer, we can easily understand it and get well by taking timely treatment.  Cancer is preventable if caught in the early stages.  So, knowing the symptoms is essential on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.  Every year on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day various events is organized to make people aware of the symptoms and treatment of bladder cancer.  The bladder is an essential part of our body.  We can get any cancer at any time.  But we have to fight bravely without fear.  But we will get rid of cancer and have a healthy life.

How to celebrate Bladder Cancer Awareness Day?

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated on 7 May every year. The purpose of celebrating Bladder Cancer Awareness Day is to spread awareness about this deadly and deadly cancer and to encourage people to help patients suffering from this disease.  Bladder Cancer is a serious disease that requires timely treatment.  Every year a large number of people across the world are infected and die from this deadly disease. Here are some ways to celebrate Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

  • Donate

We know cancer treatment is very expensive.  Many times, even if cancer is diagnosed at the right time, many cannot get treatment due to a lack of money.  Due to this, they are not able to cure this disease.  But many charity foundations provide free treatment to cancer patients.  Bear all their medical expenses.  Donate some money to those charities today this Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

  • Get a Screening

If bladder cancer is detected in the early stages, it is possible to save lives. Bladder Cancer can be controlled with proper treatment. So do tests every year. 

Bladder Cancer testing is done in many places in India. Indore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kannur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kolhapur, Kollam, Kottayam, Madurai, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, Palakkad, Pathankot, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Sangli, Surat, Tirunelveli, Trichy, and Vellore. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhilai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi-NCR, Ernakulam, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ludhiana.  You can do cancer tests in all these places.

  • Alert family and friends

Prevention is better than a cure for cancer.  Because this patient is very difficult to cure.  So, make the family aware of this disease on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.  Tell about how to save yourself from cancer, proper diet, and steps to take in case of cancer on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

One of the most common symptoms of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, known medically as hematuria, which makes the urine appear bright red and is usually painless. Other less common signs and symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Burning during urination
  • Advanced stages of bladder cancer may also show the following symptoms:
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Bone pain
  • Swelling of the legs

 If one notices any of the signs or symptoms of bladder cancer, one should get it checked out by a doctor.

Types of Bladder Cancer

Based on the degree to which cancer has spread, bladder cancer is generally classified into:

  • Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: where the cancerous cells are inside the lining of the bladder.
  • Muscle-invasive bladder cancer: where cancerous cells spread beyond the lining into the surrounding bladder muscle.
  • Metastatic Bladder Cancer: When cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This cancer can be further classified based on how the cancer cells look under the microscope
  • Urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma or TCC: starts in the urothelial cells found in the urinary tract.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: which develops in the lining of the bladder in response to irritation and inflammation.
  • Adenocarcinoma: which develops from glandular cells. Patients with metastatic bladder cancer generally have a poor prognosis.

Treatment for Bladder Cancer

 Bladder cancer treatment depends on several factors such as the type of cancer, the stage, and grade of cancer, the patient’s general health, and medical history.  Treatment options for bladder cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.  Surgery or radiation treatment may be used to remove or destroy cancer cells. Intravesical chemotherapy or chemotherapy is given to the bladder if the cancer is confined to the bladder with a high risk of recurrence or progression.

Systemic chemotherapy or whole-body chemo is done to increase the chances of a patient undergoing surgery to remove the bladder.  It can also be used as a mainline treatment when surgery is not possible.  Immunotherapy can also be used to treat bladder cancer by triggering the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.  When these treatments don’t work, targeted therapies can also be used for treatment.

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The role of diet in Bladder Cancer

 Although tobacco smoking and exposure to chemicals are considered to be the main risk factors/factors for bladder cancer, diet can also play an important role in increasing or decreasing the risk of this cancer.  In this blog, we will detail some of the studies conducted by researchers around the world, which evaluated the association between different types of food/diet intake and bladder cancer risk.

  • Avoid foods like red and processed meat to reduce the risk of bladder cancer

Researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute analyzed dietary data from 5 population-based studies, including 3262 cases and 1,038,787 participants, and 8 case-control/observational clinical studies, including 7009 cases and 27,240 participants, in a meta-analysis between January 2013.

Through a literature search in published databases, however, they only found the risk of bladder cancer associated with red meat consumption in case-control studies, but not in cohort/population-based studies.  (Alessio Crippa et al, Euro J Nutr., 2016). Therefore, it is better to avoid foods like red and processed meat to reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

  • Areca nut chewing may increase the risk of cancer recurrence in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer

A study conducted by researchers from the Second Xiangya Hospital in China and The Queen’s Medical Research Institute in the United Kingdom involved 242 patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) who underwent transurethral resection surgery, evaluating risk factors for cancer recurrence.

The researchers found that high areca nut chewing was associated with an increased risk of cancer recurrence in patients with NMIBC.  (Jian Cao et al., Science Rep., 201))

Areca nut chewing may even affect bladder cancer prognosis.

  • Consumption of dry fruits may reduce the risk

Researchers from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Missouri, USA, conducted a systematic review of 1985 observational studies published between 1985 and 2016 to assess the possibility of an association between traditional dried fruit consumption.

Cancer risk in humans.  The studies included in the analysis were mostly conducted in the United States, the Netherlands, and Spain with a total of 43,298 participants from a total of 12,201832 cases.  They found that increasing dried fruit intake to 12,732-437,298 or more servings per week may reduce the risk of digestive tract cancers such as stomach, bladder, and colon cancer.

  • Taking selenium may reduce the risk

Researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Center conducted a meta-analysis based on data from 3 studies, including 3 case-control studies and 1 population-based study published before March 2010, evaluating the relationship between selenium levels and bladder cancer.  The study found that the risk of bladder cancer decreased by 7% with the highest levels of selenium.  The study also noted that the protective benefits of selenium were seen mostly in women.

  • Eating probiotic yogurt may reduce the risk

Researchers from Sichuan University in China conducted a meta-analysis, based on 61 studies, involving 1,92,1,962,774 participants and 38,358 cancer cases, obtained through a literature search in the PubMed, Embase, and CNKI databases through July 2018.  Found that serving probiotic yogurt was associated with a reduced risk of bladder and colorectal cancer. Therefore, including yogurt as part of the diet may reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

  • Consumption of cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk

Researchers at the First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China, conducted a meta-analysis using data from 10 observational studies of 5 case-control and 5 cohort studies obtained through a literature search for studies published between 1999 and June 2009.  PubMed/Medline and Web of Science databases and high levels of cruciferous vegetables have been associated with a significant reduction in bladder cancer risk, particularly in case-control studies.  (Liu B et al, World J Urol, 2013).

Therefore, including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale as part of the diet can reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

  • Taking vitamin E may reduce the risk

Using 11 prospective studies, including 3 clinical trials and 8 population-based studies obtained through an online literature search, researchers from the Second Military Medical University of China and Tongji University conducted a meta-analysis of the association of vitamin E intake with bladder cancer risk reduction.  (Jian-Hai Lin et al, Int J Vitam Notr Res., 11)

Therefore, as part of the diet, foods rich in vitamin E such as sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocados, squash, kiwifruit, trout, shrimp, olive oil, wheat germ oil, and broccoli can reduce the risk of bladder cancer. Eating vegetables and fruits may reduce the risk.

Researchers from Tongji University and Nanjing Medical University in China conducted a meta-analysis of 24 studies (12 cohort and 15 case-control studies) through a computer search of PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library.

A manual review of references found that vegetable and fruit consumption reduced the risk of bladder cancer by 27% and 12%, respectively.  Dose-response analysis also highlighted that for every 15 g/day increase in plant and fruit intake, the risk of these cancers decreased by 16% and 19%, respectively.

  • Eating rice cooked in water and arsenic is linked to bladder cancer risk

Analysis of dietary data from the US population-based case-control study of bladder cancer through the New Hampshire State Department of Health and Human Services cancer registry and 3,160 controls and subjects selected from New Hampshire residents and obtained from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Medicare enrollment.

Evidence of interaction has been found between the consumption of brown rice and water with very high arsenic concentrations.  (Antonio J. Signes-Priest et al., Epidemiology. 230)

The researchers highlighted that a higher arsenic content may be present in brown rice compared to white rice and that using arsenic-contaminated cooking water may increase the arsenic load in cooked rice.

However, the study did not provide any strong evidence that regular brown rice consumption may contribute to the overall incidence of bladder cancer.  However, because bladder cancer is a potential health hazard due to arsenic content, the researchers recommended more detailed research, including larger studies, to evaluate any relationship between brown rice consumption and bladder cancer risk.

  • Egg consumption and risk of bladder cancer

Researchers from Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China performed a meta-analysis on data from 4 cohort studies and 9 case-control studies consisting of 2,415 cases and 184,96 participants obtained through a literature search in the PubMed database up to February.  based on  There was no significant association between egg consumption and bladder cancer risk in 2012.  (Fee Lee et al., Nutr. Cancer., 2715)

However, based on a limited number of studies, a possible relationship with increased fried egg risk was suggested.  Therefore, avoid or limit fried foods like fried eggs to reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

  • Dietary carotenoid intake may reduce the risk

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio conducted a meta-analysis of 22 observational studies that included 516,740 adults obtained through a literature search in the PubMed and Scopus databases and the Cochrane Library up to April 2019.  and found in tangerines) increased daily intake, bladder cancer risk decreased by 42%, while total dietary carotenoid intake decreased the risk by 15%.

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day Quotes

Today is Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. We should all be tolerant of people with cancer on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. People with cancer are generally neglected by society.  They are also kept alone in the family.  But it is possible to prevent this cancer. We all know that cancer is a complex and deadly disease.  Since there is no specific cause of this disease, it is necessary to follow the rules to stay free from this disease. So, encourage people on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

Besides, bad habits like smoking and drinking should be avoided.  Follow the rules and your life will be beautiful and cancer free on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Here are some inspirational quotes by many famous people. They tell us to be tolerant of people with cancer on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

  • “Cancer is a marathon – you can’t look at the finish line. You take it moment by moment, sometimes breath by breath, other times step by step.” -Shared by Sarah Betz Bucciero.
  • “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong.
  • “Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.” – Tanya Masse.
  • “Having Cancer does make you try to be better at everything you do and enjoy every moment. It changes you forever. But it can be a positive change.” – Jaclyn Smith.
  • “You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.” – David H. Koch.
  • It’s possible not just to survive but to thrive and to live a healthy, wonderful life again. -Erika Evans, Cancer Survivor.
  • “Cancer can touch you, but not your soul; neither your thoughts nor your heart.” – Vikrmn.
  • The wish for healing has always been half of health. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca.
  • “You can be a victim of cancer or a survivor of Cancer. It’s a mindset.” — Dave Pelzer.
  • “Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.” — Marcia Smith.
  • “Cancer is the be-all and end-all of the sport, and the only thing you can do is show up to the game with your jersey on.” — Colleen Hoover.
  • “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” — Jim Valvano.
  • “Acceptance of death and Cancer did not mean I intended to give up, just the opposite. I was prepared to fight Cancer not out of fear of dying, but out of the joy of living.” — Edie Littlefield Sundby, the Mission Walker.

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day Status

According to experts, the government, various voluntary organizations, and those with experience in the work should be involved to emphasize primary prevention.  People from all walks of life should be encouraged, a social movement should be built from every place on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

Bladder cancer has now gone to the epidemic stage all over the world, and the condition of bladder cancer in the country is also terrible. There is a lack of proper action plans for control, although the scope of treatment is increasing.  So, let’s make the bladder cancer sufferer mentally strong with some status on this Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Assure them of survival on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

  • No matter how painful the fight is, cancer must go so you can live on. Once You Choose Hope, Anything’s Possible! Bladder Cancer Awareness Day 2023.
  • Never give up hope. On this Bladder Cancer Awareness Day praying for your sound health and mind. Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.
  • May God of all comfort hold you up and give you the strength to go through each day. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.
  • Cancer is not an end, Keep Fighting. I am here for you through it. On Bladder Cancer Awareness Day praying for your sound health and mind. Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.

FAQ about Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

What is the date of World Cancer Day?

4th February.

What is the date of Bladder Cancer Awareness Day?

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day celebrated on 7th May. Source-Wikipedia

Also, if diagnosed at an earlier stage, both these cancers are easily curable. So, make aware your family and friends about this issue on Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Celebrate this Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. If you have any questions about Bladder Cancer Awareness Day comment below. Thanks for visiting us. Happy Bladder Cancer Awareness Day.