DEC 16, 2017 03:32 PM PST

Bladder Cancer Basics

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

The blood is filtered by the kidneys, which remove the toxins and wastes and then send them along to the bladder along with extra fluid, as urine. It is briefly illustrated in this video from Johns Hopkins Medicine; specialists from Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute present more information about cancers of the bladder.

Bladder cancers tend to form in the epithelial or outer layer of cells that are in the bladder and the structures extending from the bladder towards the kidneys. Blood in the urine may be a symptom of bladder cancer, but other problems can cause it as well. Smoking increases the risk of bladder cancer.

Often these cancers are not fatal, but they are incredibly expensive to treat because they tend to come back. These are sometimes called superficial or non-muscle invasive cancers. Another form of bladder cancer is far more aggressive, called muscle-invasive, it is more dangerous.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
JUL 24, 2018
Plants & Animals
JUL 24, 2018
These Animals Experience Harsher Childbirths Than Humans
You might be quick to think that humans have it hard during childbirth, but compared to a few other species in the animal kingdom, humans actually have it...
AUG 01, 2018
Videos
AUG 01, 2018
Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Happen in the Summer
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a temporary mental condition where people feel sad or depressed because of the season and weather. It’s mos...
AUG 08, 2018
Videos
AUG 08, 2018
The Basics of Genetics
Get the lowdown on some basic concepts in genetics, and learn how the field got its start....
AUG 12, 2018
Videos
AUG 12, 2018
How A Therapeutic Gene Circuit Might Work
University of Wyoming researchers demonstrate their research in optogenetics....
AUG 15, 2018
Videos
AUG 15, 2018
What Your Doodles Say About You
During a boring meeting, a teleconference or a less-than-interesting class, many of us will doodle mindlessly on paper. It’s a way of passing the tim...
AUG 21, 2018
Videos
AUG 21, 2018
Moody or a Mental Illness?
Parenting is not easy. Sometimes a child's behavior might mean that there is a mental health issue or it could be just a kid having a bad day. Between...
Loading Comments...