Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

By Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Your bladder is a muscular organ that holds urine. One of the first symptoms you may notice with bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Sometimes, though, it is not visible to the naked eye. Other symptoms include painful or frequent urination, although these symptoms can also indicate other illnesses like urinary tract infection.

What Causes Bladder Cancer?

The causes of bladder cancer can be vague, but certain risk factors do increase your chance of developing this disease. For instance, smokers are twice as likely to get bladder cancer as non-smokers. More men also develop the illness than women. Other risk factors include:

  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • High blood pressure

In a research study where almost 50,000 men participated over a 10-year period, researchers found that those men who drank at least 1 ½ liters of water each day could significantly reduce their chances of getting bladder cancer. Drinking less than a cup of water per day seems to overload the bladder with carcinogens found in smoking, working around harmful substances and living in areas with poor air quality.

Occupations that can Lead to Bladder Cancer

These carcinogens build up in the bladder, causing an irritation and over time, this constant irritation can develop into cancer. It is believed that about 30% of bladder tumors occur from occupational exposure and certain professions are more vulnerable. Those workers at higher risk include mechanics, blacksmiths, leather workers, bus drivers and rubber workers.  Since traditionally, more men than women work in these occupations, that tends to explain the higher incidence of bladder cancer in men.

Bladder Cancer

Call to Schedule an Appointment

If you’ve noticed blood in your urine or other symptoms, then call to schedule an appointment right away with Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL. Bladder cancer is one of those diseases with a very good treatment and survival rate if caught early on.

Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. The staff at All Women Urology are mostly women so that patients can feel very comfortable about speaking openly regarding their concerns and conditions.  All Women Urology offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, overactive bladder and bladder and kidney cancer.