Can You Prevent Bladder Cancer?

Not really. That’s because some of the things that play a role in whether or not you get it -- like your race, ethnicity, and gender -- are out of your control.

But here are three simple lifestyle changes you can control that may cut your risk:

  • If you smoke, stop. Doctors believe tobacco products cause about half of all bladder cancer cases.
  • Drink lots of fluids. When you pee, you get rid of harmful chemicals that build up in your bladder. So drink up -- especially water. It may lower your cancer risk.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Studies show that eating lots of fruits and green, leafy vegetables lowers your risk for many types of cancer. It may help cut your risk for bladder cancer, too.

Your risk for bladder cancer can also be increased by certain workplace chemicals, arsenic, certain diabetes medicines, and some herbal supplements. Follow all workplace safety rules and ask your doctor about any specific risk factors you may have.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 15, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Bladder Cancer Be Prevented?”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Cancer.”

NHS Choices: “Preventing Bladder Cancer.” 

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