A risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing cancer. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as family history or genetics but fortunately many risk factors can be modified.
Smoking tobacco introduces a variety of harmful chemicals into your body. The chemicals are processed through the body and many are eventually passed in the urine. Since the bladder holds urine before it passes from the body, the lining of the bladder is regularly exposed to the harmful chemicals.
Quitting smoking is an important step to preventing bladder and other cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Talk to your doctor about the options available to help you successfully quit.
Managing Occupational Exposures
Chemical exposure can occur in many different jobs. If possible, try to find work in a different environment. If it is unavoidable, take steps to protect yourself from exposure. Check with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or the Environmental Protection Agency about any available protective guidelines.
Dehydration decreases the amount of water in the urine. This also means if there are dangerous chemicals in the urine, they will be more concentrated. Drinking water and eating foods with high water content throughout the day dilutes the urine and the concentration of any harmful substances in the urine.
Eat a Healthful Diet
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risks of cancer. Good nutrition supports your body's immune system and can help maintain a healthy weight.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/29/2015 -