Of all the risks that smokers face, bladder cancer is certainly not the first that comes to mind. Initially, we think of the immediate impact that contact with caustic chemicals and tobacco have on oral tissues, the throat, and the lungs. Little do we understand about the very real link between what goes into the mouth and what is processed in the urinary tract. Let’s be blunt: we need to understand this risk.
According to the American Urological Association, it was believed that approximately 18,000 women would be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016 alone – and that is only women! Several risk factors have been given for the prevalence of this disease, including family history, diabetes, and certain chemical exposure. What continually comes in as one of the highest risks, though, is smoking. In fact, a person who smokes is said to be twice as likely to develop bladder cancer than a non-smoker. A study performed several years ago found that 50% of all diagnosed cases of bladder cancer involved smokers.
What you Should Know
First and foremost, it is important to know that bladder cancer can be treated successfully. The earlier diagnosis and treatment occur, the greater likelihood for full success. In order to get the care you need at the right time, you need to know what to look for, and you need to not write these symptoms off as something they may not be. The number one symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Interestingly enough, this is also the primary symptoms of bladder infection. This is why professional medical analysis and treatment are vital. If, after a course of antibiotics, there is still blood in the urine, further testing should be performed to rule out a more serious condition.
Bladder cancer originates in the cells that line the bladder. This allows a doctor to remove abnormal growths endoscopically, in many cases. If cancer cells spread and invade the bladder more aggressively, it may be necessary to remove the organ and restructure a bladder either internally or externally.
If you read about bladder cancer here or elsewhere, you will hear that the best way to prevent this alarming disease is to stop smoking. Numerous programs exist to help create healthy new habits that can save your life.
Collin County Urology offers friendly, professional care to patients from Plano and surrounding areas. Call (972) 403-5425 to schedule an appointment with us.
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