Bladder Cancer Prevention
Bladder cancer affects many people with varying risk factors. Some attributes that put you at greater risk of bladder cancer — such as being an older age, being white and being male — are unfortunately out of your control.
However, whether you have many natural risk factors or none, you can take action to lower your chances of developing bladder cancer.
The following bladder cancer prevention measures can help protect you and keep you healthier overall.
Not smoking is one of the best things you can do to prevent bladder cancer. When you smoke, toxic chemicals end up in the urine. When these chemicals spend time in the bladder, they can damage the bladder lining and increase your likelihood of developing cancer.
People who smoke are at least three times more likely to get bladder cancer compared to non-smokers. This includes those who smoke pipes and cigars as well as cigarette smokers. Avoiding or quitting smoking can dramatically decrease your bladder cancer risk.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals
In addition to smoking, environmental exposure to certain chemicals may lead to bladder cancer. Approximately 25 percent of bladder cancers may have links to chemical exposure in the workplace.
Following safety procedures when working with hazardous chemicals is an important aspect of bladder cancer prevention, since substances used in dye, rubber, textile, trucking and leather industries may cause harm to the bladder if encountered regularly. Hairdressers, machinists, painters, truck drivers and printers should all take health precautions.
Exposure to high levels of arsenic in drinking water can also increase your bladder cancer risk. Though drinking water in the U.S. contains very low levels of arsenic, people with private wells and those living in other countries should investigate the safety of their water source.
Drink Lots of Water
Perhaps the easiest way to prevent bladder cancer is to drink plenty of water. This helps flush toxins out of your body before they have a chance to damage the bladder.
To determine exactly how much water you should drink daily, talk to your doctor.
Avoid Medicines Known to Increase Risk
Certain medicines and dietary supplements contain ingredients linked to bladder cancer. In particular, the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) and dietary supplements containing aristolochic acid may increase your risk if taken for an extended time.
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about current or past medications.
Visit Your Doctor Regularly
By taking these precautions, anyone can practice bladder cancer prevention. Even so, you should watch out for signs of bladder cancer, such as blood in the urine, and visit your doctor if any troubling symptoms arise.
Visiting your doctor regularly helps ensure cancer gets noticed and treated early if it occurs. For patients with bladder cancer, early detection increases the likelihood of successful treatment.
If you're worried about bladder cancer, ask your doctor about Cxbladder, a non-invasive, urine-based test that can detect cancer early and give you peace of mind. For more information, reach out to a Cxbladder representative today.
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