Who is most at risk for bladder cancer?
Karim Chamie, MD
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.
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.

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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Bladder Cancer

A disease of our urinary tract, bladder cancer is highly treatable when caught early but often reoccurs after initial treatment.The bladder, which stores our urine, consists of many layers; as the cancer grows, it penetrates more ...

layers and becomes more difficult treat. Four types of tumors can cause bladder cancer, with the most common called transitional cell carcinoma. Although the cause of bladder cancer is unknown, you may be at higher risk if you have chronic bladder infections, a diet high in nitrates and fatty foods, prior radiation or chemotherapy treatments and exposure to chemicals found in dyes. A personal and family history of bladder also puts you at higher risk. See your doctor as soon as possible if you notice blood in your urine, a condition called hematuria. Frequent or painful urination, and abdominal or back pain may also be signs of bladder cancer.

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