My 71 year old father had a heart attack a week ago. He was being treated in a smaller town. The morning he was to be transported to a larger hospital for a heart cath, he started urinating blood and large clots. Long story short, an ultra sound was performed along with an examination. Only to find a tumor in the bladder. The same thing happened to him 3 years ago. After the cath with a stint implanted in his heart he was examined be another uroligist. My mother was to call today to make an appointment. I know nothing about bladder cancer, what are the chances that he has been walking around with this for at least three years? Anyone know what we are looking at? I am very anxious and confused.
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replied February 23rd, 2018

The answer to your question would depend on the histopathology and genetic study of the tumor that has been removed.

These studies would help to detect the presence of mutations at HRAS, KRAS2, RB1, and FGFR3 genes, and if present these can increase the risk of bladder cancer.

But if you are asking that if this cancer was present since birth, then the answer is no. It is not likely that the cancer was present at birth.

For your information, Here are some important risk factors of Bladder cancer include:

1. Smoking - the strongest risk factor; The risk is twice that in non-smokers.

2. Chemical exposure. Painters, hairdressers, machinists, printers, and truck drivers who at at risk due to exposure to aromatic amines (Used in production of rubber, printing materials, textiles, and paint products, leather treatment). Arsenic in drinking water has also been linked to an increased risk of the disease.

3. Ethnicity. Caucasians have twice the risk than those of African Americans and Hispanics. Asians have the lowest rate of bladder cancer.

4. Age. The risk of bladder cancer increases with age.

5. Gender. Men have 3 times the risk of bladder cancer than women.

6. Family history. Those with a first-degree relative who has developed bladder cancer are at greater risk.
Bladder cancer is typically not inherited. Most often, tumors result from genetic mutations that occur in bladder cells during a person's lifetime. These noninherited genetic changes are called somatic mutations.

7. Other risk factors include: history of chronic bladder infection, bladder birth defects and not drinking enough liquids.

The presence of family history does increase the risk of bladder cancer.

I hope this information helps.

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