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Should I be worried about bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is not that common, but one out of 26 men in the United States could get bladder cancer. For women, the lifetime chance is just one in 90. Ages (55 and older) and family history are risk factors, as is ethnic background; whites have a higher risk than other ethnic groups. Smokers have at least a three times higher risk than nonsmokers. A history of bladder infections also raises your risk. Familiarize yourself with the signs of bladder cancer (signs of blood in your urine or pain when you urinate, for example) and see your doctor for regular checkups.

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