The greatest risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Smokers are more than twice as likely to get bladder cancer as nonsmokers. Another risk factor is workplace exposures to certain organic chemicals. Painters, hairdressers, machinists, printers, and truck drivers have an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. Caucasians are twice as likely as African-Americans to develop bladder cancer, and over 70% of people with bladder cancer are over age 65. Other risk factors for bladder cancer include chronic bladder inflammation, bladder birth defects, genetics, chemotherapy and radiation, arsenic in drinking water, and low fluid consumption.
The best way to reduce your risk of bladder cancer is to not smoke, avoid exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace, drink plenty of fluids, and consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
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