Recently, a United Kingdom charity quizzed 1,015 people in Great Britain face-to-face to find out how much they knew about bladder cancer. The participants were aged 16 and older. While awareness around this type of cancer is gradually increasing, the survey exposed just how little people know about the disease.
Dr. Colin Bunce, an urologist in the London borough of Barnet, and chair of Action on Bladder Cancer charity, said the goal of the survey is not to make everyone experts, “but such a huge lack of understanding can lead to people being misdiagnosed or diagnosed at a later stage which can narrow down the best treatment choices. Over the last two decades bladder cancer has been in the shadows. Greater public attention is urgently needed to improve understanding about the disease so that people know when and where to go for help.”
In recognition of Bladder Cancer Awareness Day on May 5, 2012, take this quiz to find out how much you know about the disease and compare your answers to the survey's findings.
The main warning sign for bladder cancer is:
- Lower stomach pain
- Blood in the urine
- A constant need to urinate
If you answered blood in the urine, you’re right and join 55 percent of those surveyed in choosing the right answer. A constant need to urinate may be a sign of bladder cancer, but is more often associated with a urinary tract infection.
If you answered stomach pain you should know bladder cancer is typically painless, which can mask the severity of the tumor and may influence patients to postpone seeking immediate medical care. One-quarter of those surveyed didn’t know what a possible sign of bladder cancer may be.
The most common cause of bladder cancer is:
- drinking too much alcohol
- consuming soft drink beverages
- using chemicals at work
More than half of those surveyed didn’t know what causes bladder cancer. If you answered "drinking too much alcohol" you're wrong, but don’t feel bad, so did one in five people surveyed.