Bladder cancer is a less commonly known cancer. However, it is probably the most serious and time sensitive of all the cancers urologists treat.
Mild, non aggressive forms are slow moving and have limited ability to spread and cause death. The more aggressive forms however, could not be more different. Delays in diagnosis and treatment in the order of weeks can sometimes be critical to the chance of cure.
Seeing blood in your urine is a symptom never to be ignored and you should seek guidance from your GP. Whilst most of the causes of blood in urine are not related to bladder cancer, it is important to be reviewed and have other checks made.
The other rarely known fact, is that cigarette smoking is the commonest cause of bladder cancer.