Bladder Cancer

Who is most at risk for bladder cancer?

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  • A Hematology & Oncology, answered on behalf of
    There are many risk factors for developing bladder cancer, including chemical exposures, chemotherapies and certain types of infection, but the most common risk factor is smoking, including exposure to second hand smoke. The latter has been linked especially to women.
  • A Urology, answered on behalf of
    People who have a family member with bladder cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease.
    White Americans are more likely to develop bladder cancer than black Americans. Men are three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women. Bladder cancer is a diagnosis of the elderly, not the young. 

    Tobacco is the leading cause of bladder cancer in the United States. There are some infections that can promote bladder cancer growth, such as worms or chronic urinary tract infections. Low fluid consumption may also increase your risk of bladder cancer. Certain chemotherapy may also increase your chance of developing bladder cancer. People who work with rubber, leather, textiles, paint and printing products are also at risk. In other words, painters, machinists, mechanics, printers, hairdressers and truck drivers are all at high risk of developing bladder cancer.
  • Bladder cancer is seen mostly in men and people over the age of 55. Caucasian Men and women are also at a higher risk than other ethnicities. People who smoke or work with toxic chemicals are also more at risk for bladder cancer

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