Bladder cancer can sometimes be associated with known risk factors for the disease. Many risk factors are modifiable, though not all can be avoided, such as your age, genetics, gender and family history. Regular screening tests are also recommended.
The following are currently-recognized preventive measures:
- Quit smoking. Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than nonsmokers.
- Avoid exposure to industrial chemicals. Occupational exposure from working with dyes, rubbers, textiles, paints, leathers, hairdressing supplies and chemicals increases the risk of developing bladder cancer.
- Arsenic. Have your drinking water tested, and/or drink bottled water if you think that your water is contaminated with arsenic.
- Diet and lifestyle. The effect of diet on bladder cancer risk is under study. The latest studies show that a diet high in fat, especially animal fat, may be associated with an increased risk. More studies are needed to determine if a low-fat diet with more fruits and vegetables helps prevent bladder cancer. Studies show that a diet high in dairy products and calcium may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, although the increase may be small.
Last updated: 5/26/2010 2:40:00 PM