Bladder Cancer Prevention
By controlling certain risk factors, you can help prevent bladder cancer. While making lifestyle changes does not guarantee you will not develop bladder cancer, it does decrease the chances. Some of these prevention strategies include things like quitting smoking and eliminating or reducing exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
An Overview of Bladder Cancer PreventionAnything that increases a person's chance of developing bladder cancer is called a bladder cancer risk factor. Doing your part to prevent bladder cancer means avoiding the risk factors that can be controlled. While taking these steps does not guarantee that someone will not develop bladder cancer, it does decrease the chances.
Know the Risk FactorsUnfortunately, some of the risk factors for bladder cancer -- such as race, age, and family history --cannot be controlled (see Bladder Cancer Risk Factors). Bladder cancer prevention focuses on reducing or eliminating the risk factors that can be controlled, such as:
- Tobacco use
- Occupational exposure to carcinogens
Use of Aristocholia fangchi, a Chinese herb found in herbal weight-loss products.
The use of tobacco is a major risk factor for bladder cancer. Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely than nonsmokers to get bladder cancer. Pipe and cigar smokers are also at increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
Some workers have a higher risk of getting bladder cancer because of carcinogens in the workplace, such as:
- Workers in the rubber, chemical, and leather industries
- Metal workers
- Textile workers
- Truck drivers.
Aristocholia fangchi, a Chinese herb used for weight loss, has been linked to bladder cancer.