February 12, 2020

BVRC RN Volunteers Assist with Bladder Cancer Screening

BVRC RN volunteers assisted BOH Public Health Nurse with a bladder cancer screening for Burlington Firefighters during the month of January.

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine, although bladder cancer can occur with no symptoms. Early detection is crucial. More than 68,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year. About 75% of them will be men. Firefighters have double the risk of contracting bladder cancer due to the increased exposure to mixtures of chemicals that are contained in fire smoke and building debris. Smokers are twice as likely to develop bladder cancer as non-smokers.

The testing includes obtaining a urine sample, which will be tested for the presence of blood and the presence of the bladder cancer antigen called NMP22®.

BVRC volunteers Anna Risman, RN (l) and
Pushpa Shah, RN (r) testing samples