How can bladder cancer be prevented?

Bladder cancer seldom has an obvious, specific cause, but there are some things you can do that may lower your risk. If you smoke, stop. That is the number one known risk factor for bladder cancer. Chemicals in the workplace—like diesel fumes, chemicals used in hair dye, and chemicals used in the rubber, leather, textiles, paint, and printing industries—are suspected of raising one's risk, so exposure should be minimized where possible. Try to eat well (fresh fruits and vegetables are important) and drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Have regular check-ups because some symptoms of bladder cancer, such as blood in the urine, may be detected during tests for another health issue.

Not smoking is one of the best things patients can do. Smoking is linked to several other types of cancer, but we’ve found that it’s directly related to the development of bladder cancer. And of course healthy eating and exercising can help, too.

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