Bladder Cancer – Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors and Treatments

What is Bladder Cancer?

The bladder is a hollow balloon-like organ located in the pelvis which stores waste collected from the kidneys and mixed with water to creates urine. When the bladder is full, urine passes out of the body through the urethra. If abnormal tissue grows in the lining of the bladder it can become a tumor known as bladder cancer. In certain cases, the tumor can spread to the surrounding muscles, or even to other parts of the body – this type of spread is called ‘metastasis’.

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Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer in men, and the 17th most common in women. Most cancers of the bladder take the form of transitional cell carcinomas (cancers that start in cells in the inner lining of the bladder). Other types of bladder cancers include squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in thin, flat cells) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that starts in the cells that generate and release mucus and other fluids).

Once diagnosed, bladder cancer can be classified by how far it has spread. When the cancer is contained inside the lining of the bladder doctors will describe it as superficial or non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. This is the most common form of bladder cancer and accounts for 7 out of 10 cases. Most people will survive this cancer.

Where cancer spreads beyond the lining and into muscle there is a higher chance of spreading to other parts of the body which can be fatal.

Signs and Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

There are a variety of bladder cancer signs and symptoms to watch out for, these include:

  • Chronic irritation and inflammation
  • Constant yeast infections
  • Pain or burning sensation when you urinate
  • The appearance of blood in the urine (Haematuria) which is usually painless
  • The need to urinate frequently
  • Lower back pain particularly when it is on one side
  • Needing to urinate throughout the night
  • Needing to urinate but not being able to go
  • Loss of appetite and a loss of weight
  • Pain in the bones
  • Swelling of the legs

Causes and Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors for bladder can be managed, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to certain industrial chemicals

Some risk factors for bladder cannot easily be changed, such as:

  • Gender – cases of bladder cancer are four times higher in men than in women
  • Age – most cases make an appearance in the over-50s, and the average age at diagnosis is 68
  • Ethnicity – bladder cancer is more common among white people
  • Exposure to previous radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
  • Schistosomiasis – an infection caused by parasites in hot countries

Natural Treatments for Bladder Cancer

There are more options than ever for treating bladder cancer, and we use a wide range of therapies at the Budwig Center. As our therapies are holistic – that is, they treat the person as a whole and not just the condition – the treatment plan we devise is as individualized as the person it’s for.

Acupuncture, hyperthermia, emotional freedom techniques and foot detox therapy are just some of the remedies we use at the Budwig Center. See our bladder cancer treatment page to find out more.


Our success stories speak for themselves:

“I discovered the Budwig Center and downloaded the “Budwig Cancer Guide”. I started taking the cottage cheese/flaxseed combo once a day and per the advice of Lloyd Jenkins added the litre of lemon/baking soda drink and sauerkraut juice as my early morning beverages of choice.

Just this past Friday, I had my 4th follow-up exam and both urine tests for cancer cells were negative!”

George H, bladder cancer survivor after using The Budwig Protocol

“…I continued with the flaxoil & cottage cheese, but now with 8 to 10 TBS of flaxseed oil to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and I included a drink of organic apple juice with freshly ground flaxseeds mixed in. Between those months (Jan-April) I had a Ct Scan that showed the tumor had shrunk by 2/3 size. I was overjoyed at this news knowing the flaxoil & cottage cheese was working its magic. I stopped taking the Chemo around the 2nd week of April, much to the doctor’s dismay.

…I’ve had no incidence since late Feb. and I feel great. I feel confident that with constant Prayers, guided imagery and the Budwig Protocol, I will do just great. God Bless Johanna Budwig… she is an inspiration to all of us here.”

George B, bladder cancer survivor and Budwig Diet success story.

See more testimonials from our valued cancer survivors.

The Budwig Approach

The team at the Budwig Center promotes a natural approach to both health and illness, and we believe that the root of being well, staying well, and recovering from illness lies in a healthy lifestyle, emotional balance, and person-centered, holistic care.

No two treatments are the same, because every person is individual and must be treated as such. The basis of our treatment starts with a healthy diet and a full evaluation of the many aspects that contribute to ill health – whether other health conditions or underlying emotional worries and meeting them head-on.

Our Budwig Diet – with emphasis on a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet and lifestyle, and our special quark, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil mix – can be adapted to suit all the family, and we encourage everyone to eat together and partake in the truly important things in life.

For an individualized assessment and treatment plan, get in touch with our expert advisors at The Budwig Center and start on the path to wellness.

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