Bladder Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for bladder cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

About 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed (about 56,320 in men and 17,680 in women).

 

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing bladder cancer in men is one in 26 and for women one in 90. Bladder cancer occurs mainly in older people with nine out of ten people diagnosed after the age of 55 and the average age of diagnosis being 73. More than 500,000 people in the United States are bladder cancer survivors.

 

Prevention & Early Detection
 

Can bladder cancer be prevented?

There is no sure way to prevent bladder cancer and currently there are no screening tests for this disease.  But there may be things you can do that could lower your risk.

 

Don’t Smoke.

Smoking is the believed to cause up to 50 percent of bladder cancer cases. If you smoke, you should quit. Jupiter Medical Center offers smoking cessation classes. For information or to register, call 1-877-819-2357.

 

Limit exposure to certain workplace chemicals.

Aromatic amines are chemicals that are commonly used in the manufacturing of rubber, leather, printing materials, textiles and pain products. It is important to follow work safety practices if you work in any of these industries.

These chemicals are also found in many hair dyes, it is important for barbers and hairdressers who are exposed to these products to use them safely. Most studies have found that personal use of hair dyes does not increase your risk of developing bladder cancer.

 

Drink plenty of liquids.

There is some evidence that drinking plenty of liquids, especially water, might lower your risk. When you drink a lot of liquid you go to the bathroom more frequently which does not allow any chemicals to stay in the bladder for a long period of time.

 

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

While studies are inconclusive regarding a diet high in fruits and vegetables protecting against bladder cancer, we do know that eating such a diet has been shown to have many health benefits, including lowering your risk of other types of cancer.

If you need assistance developing a healthy eating plan, Jupiter Medical Center offers nutrition classes and individual nutrition counseling. For more information, call 561-263-4437.