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Cancer is a group of many different diseases that have some important things in common They all affect cells the bodys basic unit of life To understand different types of cancer such as Bladder Cancer it is helpful to know about normal cells and what happens when they become cancerousThe body is made up of many types of cells Normally cells grow and divide to produce more cells only when the body needs them This orderly process helps keep the body healthy Sometimes cells keep dividing when new cells are not needed These cells form a mass of extra tissue called a growth or tumor Tumors can be benign or malignant Benign tumors are not cancer They often can be removed and in most cases they do not come back Cells in benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body Most important benign tumors are rarely a threat to life Malignant tumors are cancer Cells in malignant tumors are abnormal and divide without control or order These cancer cells can invade and destroy the tissues around them Also cancer cells can break away from a malignant tumor and enter the blood stream or the lymphatic system This process is the way cancer spreads from the original primary tumor to form new tumors in other parts of the body The spread of cancer is called metastasisBladder cancer often doesnt produce any signs or symptoms in its early stages The first warning sign is usually blood in your urine hematuria The blood may show up on a urine test or your urine may appear reddish or darker than normal You may also notice a change in bladder habits- having to urinate more often or feeling like you need to urinate but cantWhen symptoms occur they are not sure signs of bladder cancer They may also be caused by infections benign tumors bladder stones or other problems Only a doctor can make a diagnosis
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