How to Lower Your Risk for Bladder Cancer
While we can’t change genetics, we can choose to engage (or not engage) in behaviors that reduce our chances of developing certain diseases. Bladder cancer has several risk factors, some of which we can address in our daily choices and activities. Gulfshore Urology has compiled a list of simple changes you can make in your lifestyle to improve your health and reduce your chances of developing this form of cancer.
Reduce Chemical Exposure
Those working in certain industries are often exposed to chemicals that have been linked to the development of bladder cancer. Among those occupations are printers, hairdressers, painters, machinists, and truck drivers. This is mostly due to their daily and long-term interaction with certain poisonous chemicals found in:
- Diesel Fumes
- Hair Dyes and Other Dyes
Smoking tobacco products has long been labeled as a factor in increased risks of cancer and other diseases. Studies have shown that individuals who smoke are 3 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who do not. In fact, it has been proven to be the cause of about half of all bladder cancer cases in men and women alike.
Choose Clean Drinking Water
Linked as a cause of bladder cancer, arsenic is a natural element that can be found in organic and inorganic compounds. It is often used as a preservative in lumber, in pesticides, and as an additive in lead, copper, and certain glass manufacturing.
However, this element can also be found in certain sources of drinking water. Due to the poisonous nature of this element, it is important to have your well or public water system inspected to ensure that it is not present in your water source.
Water is one of the most essential benefactors to our health. It maintains the proper balance of your body’s fluids, promotes normal bowel function, energizes and maintains the health of your body’s organs, and assists your kidneys in flushing toxins out of the body. Individuals who drink a lot of fluids on a consistent, daily basis have a reduced risk for bladder cancer compared to those who do not.
Do You Think You May Have Bladder Cancer?
Bladder cancer typically affects older adults. It requires a medical diagnosis confirmed through lab and/or imaging tests. If you believe that you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer, then you should schedule an appointment with your urologist immediately.
Gulfshore Urology employs several expert urologists who specialize in the treatment of diseases such as this. We currently have locations in Naples, Marco Island, and Bonita Springs. To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, simply give us a call at 239-333-3200.