Signs & Symptoms

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, which often leads to earlier detection as it causes the person to see a health care provider. Early stages of bladder cancer will typically only cause bleeding, little to no pain, and no other symptoms.

Here are some of the other common symptoms of bladder cancer:

  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
    • There could be trace amounts of blood in the urine, or enough to turn it a dark pink. The blood could be present for one day then absent the next, but if the person has bladder cancer, it will eventually reappear.
    • It is important to remember that blood in your urine is not a sure sign of bladder cancer. It is more often caused by infection, benign tumours, or stones in the bladder or kidneys. However, you should always see a doctor to confirm the source of the blood.
  • Having to urinate more than usual
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty urinating or a weak stream of urine

Again, it is more likely that these symptoms are being caused by an overactive bladder, bladder stones, or a UTI. It is important to see a doctor to check your symptoms and verify the cause.


Information taken from Canadian Cancer Society unless otherwise indicated.