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The biggest risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking tobacco. Tobacco, such as cigarettes, contains carcinogenic chemicals that cause cancer. The longer you smoke cigarettes the higher the likelihood that you obtain bladder cancer, or any form of cancer for that matter. It has been reported that over a third of bladder cancer cases are a direct cause from smoking tobacco. Smokers are roughly four times as likely to get bladder cancer compared to non-smokers.
How Smoking Increases Bladder Cancer Chances
The more you smoke the higher the risk of you developing bladder cancer. After smoking for years the chemicals in cigarettes begin to pass into your bloodstream and into your urine. Carcinogenic chemicals in your urine have to go through the bladder. The repeated exposure to these chemicals in the bladder, because it stores urine, makes the risk of bladder cancer increase even higher. The constant storing of polluted urine can change the cells of the bladder, which is a direct link to bladder cancer.
Bladder cancer was never directly linked to tobacco usage until recently, and scientists believe this is because of a change in the chemical make up of cigarettes. All of the carcinogenic chemicals in cigarettes are what eviscerates the lining of your bladder, which leads to bladder cancer. But it is not just cigarettes that are causing bladder cancer – cigars and pipes containing tobacco are also directly linked.
Other Bladder Cancer Risk Factors
Smoking is the most obvious risk factor for bladder cancer, but did you know there are many other risk factors? One of the other major factors involves workplace exposures. Certain industrial chemical jobs can increase your chances of developing bladder cancer, such as chemicals that are used in the dye industry and organic chemicals. There are also certain medicines and herbal supplements that can lead to bladder cancer. There are particular diabetes medicines and dietary supplements that have been linked to the increase of bladder cancer. Some other more simple risk factors associated with bladder cancer includes arsenic in drinking water and not drinking enough fluids in general.
Demographic Risk Factors
Different race and ethnicity, along with age and gender affect your chances of bladder cancer differently. For race and ethnicity, whites are twice as likely to obtain bladder cancer than any other races. For age, the risk of bladder cancer only gets higher with age, with 90% of people with bladder cancer above the age of 55.
Personal Risk Factors
Genetics, birth defects, personal and family history are some other risk factors that can increase your chances of developing bladder cancer. If you personally have had cancer in any of the lining before, it increases your chances of developing bladder cancer again. There are also two separate birth defects that can increase the chances of bladder cancer, one starts in the belly button and the other in the abdomen. The belly button and bladder are connected before birth and if the connection remains after birth it could become cancerous. The other birth defect is exstrophy, which is when during fetal development the bladder and abdominal wall are fused together, exposing the bladder and increasing the chances of developing cancer.
Bladder Cancer Treatment
Finding a place that is able and willing to treat bladder cancer can be hard to find. Dr. Ron S Israeli not only treats multiple kinds of cancers, but also specializes in the treatment of bladder cancer in New Jersey. We can offer both radical nephrectomy and laparoscopic surgery to help treat bladder cancer patients. We also offer a safe and caring environment with high quality services, putting our patients before anything else. Contact us today to visit our Livingston, NJ office and get started on the treatment of your bladder cancer.