Dominick Dunne 1925-2009
In the United States, bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and the ninth most common cancer in women. About 45,000 men and 17,000 women are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. Symptoms of bladder cancer may include blood in the urine (hematuria), pain during urination (dysuria), frequent urination in small amounts (pollakiuria), or the feeling that one needs to urinate without results. These signs and symptoms are not specific to bladder cancer, however. They also can be caused by noncancerous conditions such as infections. Genetic changes associated with bladder cancer develop in bladder tissue during a person’s lifetime, rather than being inherited from a parent. The U.S. Government spends about $534 million per year researching urological diseases including bladder and prostate cancer. There are more than 300 clinical research trials testing new treatments for bladder cancer.
Dogs can also get bladder cancer. We know because a former pet of ours died from this disease. Certain breeds of dogs are at much higher risk for this type of cancer; these include various types of Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) and Beagles indicating that there are “bladder cancer genes” that these breeds carry and put them at higher risk. The symptoms of bladder cancer in dogs are the same as in humans.