Bladder cancer, a type of genitourinary cancer, is responsible for about five percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the US. The number of new bladder cancer cases has slightly dropped in the past few years.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower your risk, and compassionate doctors at Dignity Health North State can help. Find a Doctor to receive life-saving support for bladder cancer prevention in Northern California.
What Causes Bladder Cancer?
Research studies have yet to confirm a specific cause for bladder cancer. However, certain characteristics and environmental factors are known to increase the risk of developing the disease.
Some confirmed risk factors for bladder cancer are:
- A family history of bladder cancer
- Frequent or chronic urinary tract infections
- Exposure to chemicals in hair dyes, perfumes, plastics, and rubber
- Age — most cancer diagnoses are in patients 55 and older
- Not drinking enough fluids
If you have a high risk for bladder cancer, schedule an appointment to learn how oncologists at Dignity Health North State can help you lower your risk.
Bladder Cancer Prevention at Dignity Health North State
Smoking is the main controllable risk factor for bladder cancer. In fact, smoking is responsible for about half of all cases of bladder cancer. If you’re a tobacco smoker, our compassionate Quit for Good smoking cessation program can help you stop using tobacco to lower your risk for bladder cancer.
It’s also important to know the symptoms of bladder cancer. The earlier you detect symptoms, the quicker your doctor can diagnose and begin personalized treatment.
Prevention is a critical aspect of our comprehensive cancer care. Visit Dignity Health North State to receive quality services for bladder cancer prevention.