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Richards research analyzes association between UTIs and bladder cancer outcomes

Men and women with UTI symptoms wait longer for a bladder cancer diagnosis and have worse outcomes than patients who present with blood in their urine, and the case is especially so for women. That was the message Kyle Richards, MD, delivered to an audience at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in New Orleans. Dr. Richards was lead researcher on a study that analyzed data from 12,000 patients who were diagnosed with bladder cancer between 2007 and 2009. He found women waited an average of 72 days for a bladder cancer diagnosis, compared with about 59 days for men. The data also showed women went on to die of the bladder cancer at a rate of 15.2 percent compared with 10.4 percent for men.

Several news outlets reported these findings. Watch a video of Dr. Richards summarizing this study at OncLive, or read more about his work in a press release from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and in Persistent UTI Symptoms May Signal Bladder Cancer from WebMD. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System