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Bladder Cancer - What Increases Your Risk

The main risk factors for bladder cancer include:

  • Smoking. Cigarette smokers are much more likely than other people to get bladder cancer.
  • Chemical exposure. Bladder cancer has been linked to chemicals called aromatic amines. These chemicals are found in many products, including dyes, paints, solvents, inks, and the dust from leather. This risk may also depend on how much and how often a person was exposed to these chemicals.
  • Being older. Your risk goes up as you get older. Most people who get bladder cancer are close to their 70s.
  • Being a white male. Men are 4 times more likely to get bladder cancer than women. And white men are twice as likely to get it as African-American men.1
  • Some cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy to the belly or pelvis.
  • Some chemotherapy medicines, such as cyclophosphamide.
  • A diet that is high in nitrates or rich in meat and fatty foods.
  • Schistosomiasis, which is an infection caused by a parasite. It's sometimes found in developing countries and rarely occurs in North America.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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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