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Bladder Cancer Causes and Prevention

  • A diet that is high in saturated fat is a cause of bladder cancer.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace is another cause of Bladder cancer. These include chemicals previously used in dye factories, rubber, gasworks, plastics, paints and in other chemical industries.
  • Gender, It is observed that males develop bladder cancer more frequently than females.
  • People who are paralysed have more bladder infections and a higher risk of getting bladder cancer.
  • People with a family history of bladder cancer or who are older, male have a higher risk.
  • Repeated urinary infections and kidney or bladder stones have been linked with bladder cancer.
  • Smoking is a major risk factor for bladder cancer. Exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Untreated infection with a parasite called schistosoma is a major cause of bladder cancer in people living in developing countries.
Although there’s no guaranteed way to prevent bladder cancer, you can take steps to help reduce your risk. For instance:
  • Don’t smoke. Not smoking means that cancer-causing chemicals in smoke can’t collect in your bladder. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a plan to help you quit. Support groups, medications and other methods may help you quit.

  • Take caution with chemicals. If you work with chemicals, follow all safety instructions to avoid exposure.
  • Have your well tested for arsenic. If you have your own well, consider having it tested for high levels of arsenic in the water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking liquids, especially water, dilutes toxic substances that may be concentrated in your urine and flushes them out of your bladder more quickly.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Choose a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may help reduce your risk of cancer.

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