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With over 17 years of experience, Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s Dr. Charles Daniel is one of the only surgeons in the Roanoke Valley to treat bladder cancer. Bladder cancer begins in the cells of the bladder, a hollow, muscular organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. Bladder cancers most often begin in the cells (urothelial cells) that line the inside of the bladder. Urothelial cells are also found in the kidneys and tubes (ureters) that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Urothelial cancer can happen in the kidneys and ureters, too, but it's much more common in the bladder.


Bladder cancer signs and symptoms may include:

  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Back pain

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase the risk of bladder cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Older age
  • Gender – men are more likely to develop bladder cancer
  • Chronic bladder inflammation
  • Personal or family history of cancer
  • Previous cancer treatment

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