Sep 23, 2019
By Jane Brown
Nearly 12,000 Canadians are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year, so funding for bladder cancer research has never been more important.
Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Canada, and yet it’s 21st on the list for funding.
Bladder Cancer Awareness Walks have been taking place in cities across the country, including Toronto’s Wilket Creek Park at Leslie and Eglinton on Sunday September 22nd.
Generous Zoomer Radio listeners helped Team Jane Brown surpass this year’s goal of $9000 for a 5 year total of nearly $40,000!
There’s still an opportunity to donate and increase the totals by clicking here.
Jane Brown and members of her close family and dear friends walk in memory of Jane’s mom, Sandy Brown, who died of bladder cancer in 2012.
Much has improved in research and treatment since Jane’s mom died. In fact, uro-oncologists in Canada and the U.K. are now curing some cases of metastasized bladder cancer.
Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer.
It does not necessarily mean you have bladder cancer. Several conditions can cause blood in your urine (called hematuria). But it’s important to be checked by your doctor as soon as possible to seek treatment for what’s causing the blood in the urine and to rule out bladder cancer as the cause.
Just because there is no pain, your condition may still be serious. Although the condition may be a bladder infection or urinary tract infection (UTI), be sure to ask your physician to do some tests to confirm that it is just an infection. If there is any doubt, ask for a referral to a urologist to investigate.
Early detection of bladder cancer is critical to receiving timely and effective treatment. It may save your life!