There are risk factors that you can control. But 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 of developing bladder cancer:
- 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, aniline (a coal tar-derived product used in the manufacture of drugs, dyes, and plastics), certain diabetes medicines, and some herbal supplements. Follow all workplace safety rules and ask your doctor about any specific risk factors you may have.