For most people, the first symptom of bladder cancer is hematuria or blood in the urine. Hematuria is either gross (visible) or microscopic.
Irritative voiding symptoms are also associated with bladder cancer, although they can be found with a variety of benign urologic conditions like a urinary tract infection (UTI) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Some irritative voiding symptoms include:
The presence of one or all of these signs does not mean you have cancer, but means more that you should be evaluated by a physician. Sometimes patients diagnosed with bladder cancer do not experience any bleeding or pain, therefore routine screening and physicals are of paramount importance.