What Are the Symptoms of Male Bladder Cancer?

Symptoms of male bladder cancer include blood in the urine visible to the naked eye, urinary burning, increased urgency to go and increased frequency of urination, according to Harvard University. Men who have these symptoms without a urinary tract infection should see a doctor about possible bladder cancer. Although blood in the urine remains a sign of bladder cancer, a doctor checks for other conditions that could cause bloody urine, such as kidney stones, infections and trauma.

A burning sensation during urination may also indicate bladder cancer, notes MedicineNet.com. Blood in the urine may not appear to the naked eye, but a urine sample could show blood under a microscope. Sometimes, the pain or blood goes away and patients with bladder cancer feel as if the problem went away. More advanced symptoms of bladder cancer include a distended bladder, the inability to urinate at all and pain in the flank areas due to an obstruction in the urinary tract.

So far in 2015, approximately 56,000 men have received a bladder cancer diagnosis, in comparison to 17,680 women, says the American Cancer Society. Around 11,500 men have died from bladder cancer in 2015, compared to approximately 4,500 women. Bladder cancer affects three times as many men as women. Death rates from the disease continue to drop, and more than 500,000 people have survived bladder cancer.