Published On: 02/12/2016

Tips for Reducing the Risk of Bladder Cancer During National Cancer Prevention Month

Everyone has the ability to reduce the risk of developing bladder cancer and during National Cancer Prevention Month, Chesapeake Urology is providing individuals with the tools needed for better bladder health. Bladder cancer is the fifth most common form of cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women, but when diagnosed early it often can be treated successfully.

Want to know more? Find important information about bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment here - http://www.chesapeakeurology.com/specialties/urologic-oncology/bladder-cancer/

4 Top Tips For Reducing Your Risk of Developing Bladder Cancer

  1. Quit Smoking. Today. Cigarette smoking is one of the leading risk factors for bladder cancer. Chemicals in tobacco smoke are absorbed into the blood, pass through the kidneys and collect in the urine. These chemicals can damage the inside of the bladder and increase your chances of getting bladder cancer. [Download the Chesapeake Urology Quit Smoking brochure.] 

  2. Avoid exposure to chemicals and irritants. Take proper precautions if you work in an environment with dangerous chemicals, which, like tobacco smoke, leach into the blood and collect in urine stored in your bladder.

  3. Eat a healthy diet. Including fruits and vegetables in your overall diet has many health benefits, including lowering the risk of several types of cancer.

  4. Drink. Water, that is. Increase your intake of water to flush out impurities in the urine and to help dilute any harmful chemicals that find their way into the bladder.


Recognizing the Warning Signs of Bladder Issues

According to Rian Dickstein, M.D., urologic oncologist and bladder cancer specialist at Chesapeake Urology, “The problem with bladder cancer is that, in its early stages, people often do not notice symptoms. Learning to recognize signs of urinary issues could ultimately save your life.”

Early on, bladder cancer often produces no symptoms. Your first warning sign may be hematuria (blood in your urine that may be visible or only be visible under a microscope by a doctor). To learn more about bladder cancer symptoms, visit http://www.chesapeakeurology.com/specialties/urologic-oncology/bladder-cancer/.

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination or feeling an urge to urinate without results
  • Slow or intermittent urine stream
  • Pelvic pain

These potential warning signs, however, may indicate other medical problems such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones or prostate disorders.  Make it a point to check in with your doctor or urologist for a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of any new symptoms. It may not be bladder cancer, but aren’t you better safe than sorry?


For more information about bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment options, visit www.chesapeakeurology.com/specialties/urologic-oncology/ or call 877-422-8237 to find a urologist near you.