How Smoking Can Increase Your Risk for Bladder Cancer

Did you know that if you smoke, you’re three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than a non-smoker? That means you can lower your risk if you choose to quit.

At Urology Associates of Mobile, we’re a board-certified team of urologists that specializes in bladder cancer — diagnosing it, treating it, and knowing how to help prevent it. We offer our professional services in Mobile, Foley, Daphne, Grove Hill, Thomasville, Alabama and Lucedale, Mississippi.

Risk factors that you can control

When you know the risk factors, you can develop an action plan to lessen your chances of developing bladder cancer. They include:

Smoking

Smoking is responsible for about half of bladder cancers that develop in men and women. We recommend that you stop smoking. If you can’t quit on your own, don’t hesitate to seek help. Reach out to the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and get the available tools you need. Reading these guides to quitting can help, too.

Exposure to chemicals

If you work in an industry where you’re exposed to industrial chemicals, you run a higher risk of getting bladder cancer. Professions that can cause exposure include:

If you work in any of these industries that have these chemicals in the environment, and if you also smoke, you have an even higher risk of bladder cancer.

Supplements and certain medications

Supplements that contain aristolochic acid have been linked to bladder cancer. You also want to talk to your doctor if you’re a diabetic taking pioglitazone due to its link to bladder cancer.

Drinking water containing arsenic

We recommend that you filter your water to avoid the chance of drinking water with arsenic in it, which depends on where it comes from. You want your water system to meet the standard requirements for low arsenic content.

Not getting enough fluids

Did you know that when you drink a lot of healthy fluids, you can lower your risk of bladder cancer? Flushing your system can stop chemicals from staying in your bladder.

Treatment for bladder cancer

Our treatments are contingent on your stage of cancer, plus the condition of your overall health. We may recommend immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. We work with you to give you the most successful solution for a rewarding outcome.

To learn more about how to lower your risk of bladder cancer, reach out to our team today. Call your preferred location or request your appointment online. You can also send us a message if you have any questions or concerns.

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