May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to share my personal story. Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer (and 11th most common for women)—a cancer I never knew existed until I was told six months ago that “you have bladder cancer.” Not something I wanted to hear on the eve of my 60th birthday.
You Have Bladder Cancer
I asked my urologist Dr. F three times if he really said the “C” word. Mind you, I had never seen a urologist before.
“Did you say cancer?” I asked Dr. F after my surgery to remove a tumor from my bladder.
“Yes, it looks like cancer,” said Dr. F.
Why me? Men are more likely to develop bladder cancer than women. I am not a smoker, and during my full-time career I wasn’t in an environment where I was exposed to certain harmful substances—two of the risk factors.
According to BladderCancer.net, people who are older are at a higher risk for developing bladder cancer—around 90% of people diagnosed with it are over the age of 55. I’m over 50, guess that’s me! “You live in New Jersey. It’s the chemical capital of the U.S,.” said my friend L. Ugh, that’s right!
This post originally appeared on aboomerslifeafter50.com.
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