7 Ways To Prevent Bladder Cancer

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Globally, 3.4 million people are affected (Prevalence) with 430,000 new cases each year (Incidence)

  • 90% incidence post 55 years of age. Average onset (65-85 years)
  • Mostly males (72%)
  • Commonest complaint – Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • Caucasians – 2X risk; but blacks present at advanced stage

1. Smoking is the leading cause.

  • Associated with over 50% of all Bladder Cancers
  • Quit smoking. It increases the risk by 3 times.

2. Avoid Arsenic

  • Contaminated water is the commonest source of Arsenic.
  • Check your drinking water source for levels of Arsenic regularly.

3. Occupational Risk – Avoid Aromatic Amines & other chemicals used in Rubber, Textile, Aluminium Industries etc.

  • Occupations at risk are bus drivers, motor mechanics, machine setters, blacksmiths, rubber, leather, shoe workers, and Hairdressers (hair dyes)
  • Wear Protective Gear; Be aware of the chemicals always.

4. Drink 6 or more cups of fluids every day.

  • The risk of bladder cancer decreased by 7% for every 240 mL (1 cup) of fluid added.
    [American Journal of Physiology. 283 (5): R993–R1004. ]
  • Frequent urination will cleanse the bladder of any accumulated carcinogens.

5. Bladder Issues that increase cancer risk.

  • Frequent Urinary Tract Infections
  • Kidney and Bladder Stones
  • Long time use of urinary catheter
  • Schistosomiasis (Parasite; Rare in West)

Manage Aggressively.

6. Eat Citrus Fruits & Cruciferous vegetables such as

  • Cabbage, Cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy,
  • Brussels sprouts, garden cress etc
  • Statistically Significant reduction in risk.

[Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology. Supplementum. 42 (218): 25–36.]

7. Supplements & Medication

  • Avoid supplements that contain aristolochic acid (Herbal Products)
  • Diabetes drug Pioglitazone raises the risk. Banned in certain countries.
  • Cancer medication cyclophosphamide or radioation therapy can raise the risk.

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