Cancer Of The Bladder: Insurable after disease free interval

Bladder cancer is now one of the 10 most common cancers in the United States and the second most common urological cancer. Men are four times as likely as women to develop it, but women more frequently have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis. The mean age of development is about age 65 and can range from benign easily treated lesions to invasive cancer. The urinary bladder, located in the pelvic area, has the main function of emptying and storing urine.

The most common forms of bladder cancer are transitional cell carcinomas, and arise mainly from the lining of the bladder itself. Tumors of the bladder can vary from lesions that resemble polyps and have a slow recurring course over years, to deeply invasive growths when they are found that tend to be much more aggressive. The more differentiated the cells appear (the most like “normal” bladder cells), the better the prognosis is. The undifferentiated cell type predisposes to invasion and spread to nearby pelvic structures, lymph nodes, liver and bones. Read More