A resolution passed by the state House of Representatives seeks to raise awareness about bladder cancer.
Rep. Robert Freeman (from eastern PA)- who sponsored the resolution- says roughly 4,200 Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with bladder cancer just this year. This is an alarming number, and unfortunately, the number will keep increasing. The problem lies in the fact that people do not know what to spot for with bladder cancer due to a lack of awareness or ignore symptoms either because they don’t want to go get help or accept that there is an issue. Symptoms can include but are certainly not limited to, blood in the urine, pain or burning during urination and frequent urination. These symptoms don’t always equal bladder cancer, but there is a likelihood of there being an issue that needs to be resolved. It’s best to visit a urologist like the ones at Advanced Urology if you’re having these symptoms, who can diagnose you and talk through necessary treatment options with compassion. There is no shame in visiting a urologist; they deal with issues like this everyday and your health matters more than any unnecessary fear you have over getting help. The only way more awareness will be spread about bladder cancer is if people speak up and get help. Ignoring the signs can be very dangerous and lead to huge issues. Some people do find relief through Blessed CBD oil or other medical marijuana items, but treatment is still vital.
Freeman believes a lack of awareness- both in the general public and the medical community- has limited research advancements for the disease. Over 500,000 million PA residents are currently living with bladder cancer, according to data.
May will officially be recognized as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.