The following have been identified as some of the possible risk factors for Bladder Cancer.

Smoking:

Smoking has been identified as a major risk factor for bladder cancer. Smokers are two to three times more likely to get bladder cancer than non-smokers

Occupation:

Workers exposed to high levels of carcinogens in the work place include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Textile workers
  • Chemical industries
  • Leather industries
  • Hairdressers
  • Machinists
  • Metal workers
  • Printers
  • Rubber industries
  • Painters

Age:

Chances of getting bladder cancer increase with age

Gender:

Men are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than women.

Race:

Whites have a higher incidence of bladder cancer than other races

A prior history of Bladder Cancer:

Bladder cancer has a high rate of recurrence.

(Establishing a schedule for regular checkups with your health care professional is very important.)

Heredity:

The possibility of a genetic link in bladder cancer is currently under study. However, in some families there is a history of bladder cancer.

Prior Cancer Treatment:

Certain cancer drugs and pelvic radiation may increase the risk for bladder cancer

Low Fluid Consumption:

Some research has shown that people who drink plenty of fluids have a lower incidence of bladder cancer

Anistolochia Fangchi:

People who took this herb as part of a weight loss program have a higher rate of bladder cancer and kidney failure than the general population.

Arsenic:

Arsenic contamination in water supplies and food has been shown to be a risk factor in bladder cancer.

Diet:

It is thought that a diet high in fat and nitrates could be a risk factor for bladder cancer.

You should talk to your health care professional about your Bladder Cancer risk factors and what is appropriate screening. Also talk to them about life style adjustments that could reduce your risk factors.