If you've been following your doctor's advice to the letter but STILL have a stubborn UTI that never seems to go away, don't start cursing your down-there parts.
Curse your doc instead, because he could be killing you!
He's not TRYING to kill you, of course. But you could end up just as dead if he's missed your first and only warning sign of bladder cancer.
You'd think any doctor worth his degree would spot the difference, but new research shows that the chances are good that he never will. Because the symptoms are similar -- and because UTIs are more common than sand in the Sahara -- bladder cancer never even occurs to him.
He sees the symptoms, he assumes UTI... and if it doesn't go away in a flash, he won't take the hint.
He'll think it's a stubborn infection and keep treating it -- and all the while, the cancer continues to grow, which is why the latest research shows that UTIs and UTI-like symptoms delay cancer diagnosis.
Docs can botch the job in men just as easily as women, but since women are more likely to have these infections in the first place, they're the ones who suffer most. They're more likely to have delayed diagnosis, have longer delays and as a result have more advanced cancers when the doc finally figures out there's something else going on.
And sadly, they're more likely to die as a result.
Women with a delayed cancer diagnosis due to a UTI are not only more likely to die of the cancer but more likely to die of any other cause.
But no matter what kills them, they're really just dying of the same cause: incompetence, because even mainstream guidelines call for cancer checks for many of the symptoms that strike with lingering UTIs, such as blood in the urine.
They're supposed to be sent off to see a urologist ASAP -- but for far too many women, that referral comes much too late.
Bladder cancer is and should be a very survivable disease, but only if you get help in time -- so don't let your doc drag his toes. If he says you've got blood in the urine, or if your UTI doesn't go away quickly enough, make an appointment to see a urologist. It's one phone call that could very well save your life.