A risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help you reduce your risk of bladder cancer.
If you are smoker, you should find a way to stop. Smoking puts you at risk for bladder cancer, as well as many other serious diseases. Contact your doctor to see if you can use an alternative nicotine delivery system, hypnotherapy, or group support to help you make this important but difficult lifestyle change.
For more information on quitting smoking,
You have a higher-than-normal risk of developing bladder cancer if your profession is any of the following:
- Worker in the dye, leather, paper, rubber, or metal industries
- Barber or beautician
If you do work in these industries, research how to best protect yourself from exposure to the chemicals you’ll be around. Check with the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Environmental Protection Agency
about any available protective guidelines.
Drinking more water can help you decrease your chance of developing bladder cancer. Water dilutes the urine and the concentration of any dangerous chemicals that might cause cancer. This is a simple way to decrease your bladder cancer risk.
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http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsblad.htm. Updated August 2011. Accessed June 6, 2013.
What you need to know about bladder cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at
http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/bladder. Updated August 30, 2010. Accessed June 5, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2013 by Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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