Bladder cancer is a condition in which abnormal cells grow rapidly in the organ. Symptoms to look for with the disease include blood in the urine, a frequent need to urinate and getting a lot of urinary tract infections. Pain in the back near the kidneys, swelling in the lower legs, pelvic masses, bone pain and weight loss are some symptoms with bladder cancer that has spread.
In 2011, roughly 69,250 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed. It’s estimated that 14,990 people will die from the disease this year. Men are more likely than women to get bladder cancer. White males are diagnosed with the disease more often than African American males.
If bladder cancer is detected early and has not spread, it’s usually a treatable disease. Treatments range from burning off small tumors with an electrified probe to total removal of the bladder. Chemotherapy drugs and radiation may be used to destroy cancer cells.
The most common cause of bladder cancer is smoking cigarettes. Other things that may increase your chances of getting the disease include a family history of the condition and age.
Using the medication Actos for longer than a year is also a cause of bladder cancer. Actos is made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and is used to treat diabetes. Actos side effects range from somewhat mild problems to severe health issues.
Patients who take the drug may experience sore throats, water weight gain, sinus problems and muscle pain. In addition to bladder cancer, other serious Actos side effects include vision changes and rapid increases in weight.
Actos has also been linked to kidney and heart problems. Due to Actos bladder cancer and other health issues connected to the medication, lawsuits have been filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Attorneys in the Actos lawsuits are helping people who have taken the drug get the money they deserve from the company.
If you or a loved one used the medication and experienced a serious health issue such as Actos bladder cancer, you may be eligible to receive money. Contact an attorney involved with Actos lawsuits to find out if you are entitled to payment. You may be able to get money for past and future medical expenses. You could also be eligible for money for any pain and suffering you and your family endured due to bladder cancer from taking Actos.
You may not have to pay an attorney to discuss your case. Some attorneys only charge fees if they represent you and win the lawsuit. A lawyer can talk to you and let you know if you have a good case against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. If you appear to have a strong case, an attorney will do the necessary research and hire medical experts to testify in court for your lawsuit.
If you believe that you have a good case, speak with an attorney as soon as possible. It’s best to act quickly because there is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may pass, and you won’t be able to collect the money that you could get from the makers of Actos.