The symptoms of bladder cysts vary, but include frequent urination, pain while urinating, difficulty urinating, feet swelling, back pain on one side, weight loss, appetite loss and bone pain, according to the American Cancer Society. Bladder cancer is more prevalent amongst men; however, women tend to have more cysts and tumors on the bladder, states the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. It is important for patients to remember that the blood does not always look red and can look orange or brown in color. Bladder cancer can happen to men and women at any age. Smoking doubles the changes of getting bladder cancer. It is also particularly important to monitor bladder cancer because it has the "highest recurrence rate of any form of cancer," notes the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
Bladder cysts can mimic the signs of a bladder infection. If a patient has been prescribed antibiotics for a bladder infection treatment, but the symptoms do not go away then the patient should ask his or her primary doctor about the possibility of bladder cancer. It is necessary to test for bladder cancer at the first signs of the disease because most symptoms do not present until a later stage, which worsens the prognosis for patients, according to the American Cancer Society.