Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer
List of Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer
The list of risk factors mentioned for Bladder Cancer in various sources includes:
Risk factors discussion:
What You Need To Know About Cancer -- An Overview: NCI (Excerpt)
smokers are also more likely than nonsmokers to develop
several other types of cancer, including oral cancer and
cancers of the larynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, kidney,
and cervix. Smoking may also increase the likelihood of
developing cancers of the stomach, liver, prostate, colon,
and rectum. The risk of cancer begins to decrease soon after
a smoker quits, and the risk continues to decline gradually
each year after quitting. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer -- An Overview: NCI)
What You Need To Know About Bladder Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)
People who get bladder cancer are more likely than other
people to have certain risk
factors . A risk factor is something that increases a
person's chance of developing the disease.
Still, most people with known risk factors do not get
bladder cancer, and many who do get this disease have none of
these factors. Doctors can seldom explain why one person gets
this cancer and another does not.
Studies have found the following risk factors for bladder
Age. The chance of getting bladder cancer goes up
as people get older. People under 40 rarely get this
Tobacco. The use of tobacco is a major risk
factor. Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely
than nonsmokers to get bladder cancer. Pipe and cigar
smokers are also at increased risk.
Occupation. Some workers have a higher risk of
getting bladder cancer because of carcinogens
in the workplace. Workers in the rubber, chemical, and
leather industries are at risk. So are hairdressers,
machinists, metal workers, printers, painters, textile
workers, and truck drivers.
Infections. Being infected with certain parasites
increases the risk of bladder cancer. These parasites are
common in tropical areas but not in the United States.
Treatment with cyclophosphamide
or arsenic .
These drugs are used to treat cancer and some other
conditions. They raise the risk of bladder cancer.
Race. Whites get bladder cancer twice as often as
African Americans and Hispanics. The lowest rates are among
Being a man. Men are two to three times more
likely than women to get bladder cancer.
Family history. People with family members who
have bladder cancer are more likely to get the disease.
Researchers are studying changes in certain genes
that may increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Personal history of bladder cancer. People who
have had bladder cancer have an increased chance of getting
the disease again.
is added to water to make it safe to drink. It kills deadly
bacteria. However, chlorine by-products sometimes can form in
chlorinated water. Researchers have been studying chlorine
by-products for more than 25 years. So far, there is no proof
that chlorinated water causes bladder cancer in people.
Studies continue to look at this question.
Some studies have found that saccharin, an artificial
sweetener, causes bladder cancer in animals. However, research
does not show that saccharin causes cancer in people.
People who think they may be at risk for bladder cancer
should discuss this concern with their doctor. The doctor may
suggest ways to reduce the risk and can plan an appropriate
schedule for checkups. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Bladder Cancer: NCI)
Risks factors for Bladder Cancer: medical news summaries:
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About risk factors:
Risk factors for Bladder Cancer are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Bladder Cancer
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Bladder Cancer.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Bladder Cancer.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.
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