Bladder Cancer Identified Among Most Common Malignancies in Elderly

September 7, 2021 10:08:46

Oncology is a field of medicine that is focused on the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of cancer. Under this field is genitourinary oncology, a branch that is focused on cancer found in the reproductive system and the urinary system of women and men. The most common types of cancer under this branch include kidney, bladder and prostate cancer, which commonly occur in people aged 55 and above. We discuss them below.

Kidney cancer

This cancer is often diagnosed when an individual undergoes a test such as an MRI, a CT scan or an ultrasound for illness or pain, including back pain. Men are twice as likely to have this type of cancer in comparison with women. Estimates show that roughly 75,000 kidney cancer cases will be diagnosed this year in the United States.

Bladder cancer

This is the fourth most common type of cancer in men in the United States. It mostly occurs in people aged between 64 and 74, with projections from the American Cancer Society showing that more than 80,000 individuals will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year. While men are three times as likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer, women diagnosed with this type of cancer later in life usually have a worse prognosis.

The most common symptom of this particular cancer is blood in the urine, while a burning sensation or pain while urinating is a less common sign. This is because it also signals a urinary tract infection, which women are more likely to get.

Prostate cancer

This is the second most common cancer in men, after melanoma. Estimates show that about 250,000 people in America are expected to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2021.

One in every eight men develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, but most of them don’t succumb to the disease. Over 3 million men living in the U.S. have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

Arya Khatiwoda, a urologist with the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, states that it’s important for men to undergo a prostate-specific antigen blood test and a prostate exam yearly after the age of 50. Khatiwoda notes that an annual test and exam is the best way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages.

Immunotherapy is the most common treatment used to treat kidney cancer and bladder cancer while radiation and/or surgery are commonly used to prostate cancer.

Everyone is advised to undergo annual checkups and tests as this will improve their chances of survival if diagnosed with the aforementioned cancers, especially given that entities such as Imagin Medical Inc. (CSE: IME) (OTCQB: IMEXF) are advancing the field of bladder cancer treatment by creating optics systems that make it easier for surgical oncologists to target malignant tissues during procedures.

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