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Bladder Cancer - Prevention

Bladder cancer cannot be prevented, but you may be able to reduce some of your risk for getting it.

  • Stop smoking. Cigarette smokers are much more likely to get bladder cancer than nonsmokers. For help on how to quit smoking, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to industrial chemicals, such as benzene substances and arylamines. Occupational exposure from working with dyes, rubbers, textiles, paints, leathers, and chemicals raises your risk for bladder cancer.
  • Avoid exposure to arsenic. Have your drinking water tested. Drink bottled water if you think that your water is contaminated with arsenic.
  • Eat healthy foods. Experts believe that what you eat and drink may help prevent bladder cancer.
    • Choose a actionset.gif low-fat, low-cholesterol diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. For more information, see the topic Weight Management.
    • Avoid dehydration. Increase your fluid intake, particularly water. Water dilutes cancer-causing chemicals.

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Last Updated: April 30, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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