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Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for cancer or have already developed cancer. Screening involves:
There are no official screening guidelines for bladder cancer. Testing is only recommended for people who are experiencing symptoms that may suggest bladder cancer. People who smoke should be advised to stop. They should also be informed of their increased risk of bladder cancer and other serious disease.
Some experts think that people with a higher-than-normal risk of bladder cancer should be periodically screened. These include the following groups of people:
If you are at increased risk, you may be advised to have periodic testing:
Screening is not 100% effective in diagnosing or excluding cancer. If you develop symptoms that suggest cancer, even after a negative screening test, you should contact your doctor for an evaluation.
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Bladder cancer. Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=100. Updated March 2013. Accessed June 5, 2013.
US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for bladder cancer. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website. Available at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsblad.htm . Updated August 2011. Accessed June 6, 2013.
What you need to know about bladder cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/bladder . Updated August 30, 2010. Accessed June 5, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2013 by Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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