The Link Between Smoking And Bladder Cancer

Smoking is an “equal opportunity offender.” It is just as deadly for women as it is for men when it comes to bladder cancer. Regardless of gender, one of the most important risk factors for developing bladder cancer is smoking. Let’s learn more specifics about the link between smoking and bladder cancer.

Deadly Toxins

We normally think about the toxins from smoking settling in the lungs and causing lung cancer. Actually the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke linger for hours in the urinary tract as they pass out of the body through our urine. The time spent in the bladder leaves it exposed to high levels of deadly toxins.

This makes smokers at least three times more likely to get bladder cancer as non-smokers.

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In addition, a study conducted by the NIH with 450,000 participants concluded that 50% of all cases of bladder cancer occur in smokers. If ever you needed a reason to quit smoking, this may be your ultimate motivation.

Additional Risk Factors For Bladder Cancer

Besides smoking being the key risk factor, there are other factors that can increase your chances of developing this cancer. Some others include the following:

  • Your age (90% of cases are in people over age 65)
  • Chronic urinary infections, kidney and bladder stone issues, and wearing bladder catheters
  • A family history of bladder cancers
  • Your race (White Caucasians are twice as likely as other races)

If you have any combination of these risk factors, be especially conscious of your risk and early symptoms, especially if you smoke.

Symptoms Of Bladder Cancer

Any kind of cancer is more easily and successfully treated if it is detected early. Some of the early signs include: blood in the urine, frequent or burning urination, chronic and recurrent bladder infections, and back pain.

If you have any of the risk factors for bladder cancer and begin to experience the above symptoms, don’t delay to see Urology Specialists.

Treatment For Bladder Cancer

If caught early, bladder cancer is highly treatable. Early detection allows doctors to remove small tumors using endoscopic surgery, plus utilizing chemotherapy, immunotherapies, and medications.

If the cancer has spread into the bladder itself, more invasive procedures are needed.

The one essential change you (or a loved one) can make to prevent bladder cancer is to stop smoking.

Contact Urology Specialists immediately if you experience any symptoms of bladder cancer.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (605) 336-0635 today.

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COVID-19 Updates from Urology Specialists

We now offer Telemedicine. Call us more for information and schedule a Telehealth appointment today!

Because we care for patients who are considered high risk, we need your partnership to prevent the spread of illness.

Masks are required for everyone who enters the office.

In response to rising concerns with COVID-19, we are asking that you please reschedule your appointment if you have had close contact with a person who is under investigation/or laboratory confirmed for COVID-19  or if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Please be advised that we do not test for COVID-19 in our office.

In addition, if you are in the high risk category (pregnancy,  heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immunosuppressed, etc.), we understand if you wish to reschedule your appointment to a future date.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our patients and staff healthy at Urology Specialists and Urology Specialists Surgery Center.

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