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Bladder cancer is a malignant tumor of the bladder. The bladder holds urine from the kidney before it is carried out of the body by the urethra.

Updates in Women’s Bladder Cancer
Learn from urologic surgeon, Armine Smith and urologic oncologist Jean Hoffman-Censits as they discuss the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer in women, and specific challenges that women face when dealing with this disease.
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Bladder Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • Bladder cancer is three times more common in men than women.
  • The risk of bladder cancer increases with age — over 90 percent of people with bladder cancer are diagnosed after 55.
  • For most, the first symptom is blood in the urine, but it might not be visible to the naked eye.
  • You can reduce your risk of bladder cancer by quitting smoking, avoiding occupational exposure to certain chemicals, drinking plenty of liquids, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Bladder Cancer?

Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage bladder cancer.


Our Research

The Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute is the first of its kind, attracting world leaders in bladder cancer research. Our network of investigators explores creative new strategies of preventing, detecting and treating bladder cancer.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

At the Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, cancer specialists work together to provide patients with expert care in radiation oncology, urologic surgery, medical oncology, radiology, pathology and research. These leading minds in cancer discuss each patient's case in detail to create a custom, groundbreaking treatment plan.

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