Invisible blood in urine is an early cancer warning sign

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Invisible blood in urine may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer, a finding likely to shape guidelines for clinicians. Scientists at the [b]University of Exeter Medical School[/b] found that one in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine transpired to have bladder cancer. The figure was around half those who had visible blood in their urine – the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation. Lead author Sarah Price said: ‘Early diagnosis is crucial to have the best chance of successfully treating bladder cancer. The three-quarters of patients who are diagnosed early have much better outcomes than those whose disease is diagnosed late.’

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British Journal of General Practice abstract

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