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What is the bladder?

The urinary bladder, or the bladder, is a hollow organ present in the pelvis. Most of it lies behind the pubic bone of the pelvis but when full it can extend up into the lower part of the abdomen. Its primary function is to store urine that drains into it from the kidney through tube-like structures called the ureters. The ureters from both the kidneys open into the urinary bladder. The bladder forms a low-pressure reservoir which gradually stretches out as urine fills into it. In males, the prostate gland is located adjacent to the base of the bladder where urethra joins the bladder. From time to time, the muscular wall of the bladder contracts to expel urine through the urinary passage (urethra) into the outside world.

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Comment from: Never smoked, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I never smoked, never felt or saw blood in urine. Routine physical test with urine sample showed traces of blood. I have the high grade (aggressive) bladder cancer. After diagnosis, and the first urethral scraping of the bladder tumor, I am now scheduled for a second scraping, weeks later. Then, I don't know. Maybe chemotherapy or a third scraping. After that, I will see. My conclusion: get urine sample at annual physical, every time, after age 60. It's your best chance!

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Comment from: harry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I had problem with retaining urine. I was diagnosed enlarged prostate with just a finger test in the anus. With two years treatment for prostate and no results, I had a cystoscopy. There was one tumor in early stage of bladder cancer, which was removed. I was given one shot of BCG, lost lot of weight but regained it. I have had yearly cystoscopy for the last 5 years, all ok. I am in good health, play golf, exercise, climb hills, etc. I still work, have a good diet of fruits and vegetables. I have never smoked or exposed myself to any types of chemicals listed as possible causes. Just an accident of genes and their mutation I suppose. Be positive, it helps.

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