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Reducing Your Risk of Bladder Cancer
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
A risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing cancer. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as family history or genetics. Fortunately, many risk factors can be modified.
Smoking tobacco introduces a variety of harmful chemicals into your body. The chemicals are processed through the body and many are eventually passed in the urine. Since the bladder holds urine before it passes from the body, the lining of the bladder is regularly exposed to the harmful chemicals.
Quitting smoking is an important step in preventing bladder and other cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Talk to your doctor about the options available to help you successfully quit.
Manage Occupational Exposures
Chemical exposure can occur in many different jobs. If possible, try to find work in a different environment. If it is unavoidable, take steps to protect yourself from exposure. Check with the http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html or the http://www.epa.gov/ about any available protective guidelines.
Stay Hydrated TOP
Dehydration decreases the amount of water in the urine. This also means if there are dangerous chemicals in the urine, they will be more concentrated. Drinking water and eating foods with high water content throughout the day dilutes the urine and the concentration of any harmful substances in the urine.
Eat a Healthful Diet TOP
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risks of cancer. Good nutrition supports your body's immune system and can help maintain a healthy weight.
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Last reviewed May 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
Last Updated: 6/29/2015