Although it’s impossible to predict who will go on to develop bladder cancer, there are some factors that can make you more likely to be affected:
If you were exposed to certain chemicals used in dyes, textiles, paints, plastics and other industries, they could have put you at risk of bladder cancer. Although most of these chemicals are now banned, you could have been exposed to them in the past. If you believe that your bladder cancer is linked to chemical exposure in the workplace, you may be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
You can’t do anything about most of the risk factors for bladder cancer, but there is one major risk that you can avoid. Smoking is believed to be responsible for up to half of all cases of bladder cancer. The chemicals you breathe in pass into your bloodstream. After they are filtered out by the kidneys, they are collected in the bladder with your urine. While they are stored here, they can damage the cells lining your bladder, which can lead to cancer. Giving up smoking can reduce your risk, even if you’ve been smoking for a long time. It could also help to reduce your risk of developing other kinds of cancer and improve your general health.
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