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Bladder cancer

Your bladder is a balloon-like part of your urinary system. It sits in your pelvis and has a muscular wall. It collects urine from your kidneys through tubes called ureters. When your bladder is full, the muscle wall squeezes the urine out of your body through a tube called the urethra.

Bladder cancer happens when the cells lining the bladder become abnormal and grow into a tumour. The cancer can just be in the lining of the bladder. It can also get into the deeper layers of the bladder such as the muscle wall.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created April 2016.

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