If you miss it, July is the month of bladder cancer awareness. Earlier this month, we discussed the basic facts and symptoms of bladder cancer (read here).Well, let’s dig a little deeper and analyze the risk factors and causes of bladder cancer, as well as prevention tips to help you. (Hint: more fruits and vegetables in your diet are a good idea).
Causes of bladder cancer
The Mayo Clinic notes that it is not always possible to find an exact cause of bladder cancer. However, the disease has been linked to several important risk factors, such as smoking, chemical exposure and radiation therapy. These are some of the major risk factors for bladder cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Smoking is the main cause of bladder cancer. Smoking, even for a short period, increases the chances of contracting the disease. And the more you smoke, the more likely you are bladder cancer. Chemical exposure to work If you work in the leather, textile, metal, rubber or dye industry, you are more at risk of being exposed to carcinogens. Hairdressers, truckers, painters, printers and train drivers can also have greater chances of contracting bladder cancer.
History of personal or family bladder cancer. Once you have the disease, it is more likely that you have it again. In addition, you have a slightly higher risk if you have family members who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Some types of cancer treatment Some chemotherapy drugs (such as cyclophosphamide) and pelvic or abdominal radiotherapy may increase the risk of bladder cancer. Arsenic exposure In some parts of the world, high levels of arsenic in drinking water can contribute to bladder cancer. However, the United States UU. They regulate their water supply to limit the concentration of arsenic and thus reduce the risk.
Tips for the prevention of bladder cancer
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says it is not entirely foolproof to prevent cancer of the bladder shape, but it can by some healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduce their risk factors. Do not use tobacco These include tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. Smoking accounts for about half of all bladder cancer cases in men and women. If you do not smoke, do not start. And when you smoke, try to stop. The NCI offers a range of useful resources for people who want to quit smoking .If possible, avoid aromatic amines. These are the chemicals in the rubber, leather, textile, printing, painting and hairstyle industries. If you work in one of these areas, pay attention to good safety measures. Drink more fluids Above all water Some studies suggest that it is also possible to reduce risk factors for bladder cancer. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You knew it would come! A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent many types of cancer, including bladder cancer.
For more information on bladder cancer, causes, risk factors and more, visit the American Cancer Society and Bladder bladder cancer websites Advocacy Network.