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Can urinary system cancers be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Urinary system cancers cannot be prevented in a direct way, such as a vaccine, but you can take proactive steps to address the risk factors that are under your control. For example, if you are a smoker, you can try to quit smoking. If you are overweight, you can try to lose weight. If your job puts you in contact with potentially harmful chemicals, you can insist on wearing adequate protective gear or using less toxic chemicals if possible. One of the simplest things you can do to address the risk of urinary system cancer is increase the amount of water you drink each day. Research has shown that people who drink plenty of fluids have lower rates of bladder cancer.

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