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do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Routine urinary and blood tests do not check for bladder cancer. If the urine test is abnormal if there are urinary symptoms to suggest bladder cancer, then specific testing must be performed to determine if bladder cancer is present.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Urologic Oncology 26 years experience
Yes, in a way: In a very simple way, urinalysis includes chemical and cellular evidence of hematuria, or blood in the urine, a very common finding in bladder cancer. Most patients with bladder cancers will have some degree (microscopic or visible) of hematuria. However if one has blood detected in the urine, it can be from many causes other than cancer.

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