Dr. Robert Reynolds
Ask A Pro- Bladder Cancer

Ask a Pro

With Dr. Robert Reynolds, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center

Q: My mother had bladder cancer a few years ago.  I’m wondering what the risk factors are for this type of cancer?

A: Although risk factors often influence the development of cancer, most do not directly cause cancer.  Some people with several risk factors never develop cancer, while others with no risk factors do.  The following factors may raise your risk of developing this type of cancer: 

  • Tobacco use. The most common risk factor is cigarette smoking.
  • Age. More than 70% of people with bladder cancer are over 65.
  • Gender. Men are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women.
  • Race. White people are more than twice as likely to get bladder cancer.
  • Chemicals. Chemicals used in the textile, rubber, leather, paint and print industries can increase risk.
  • Chronic bladder problems. Bladder stones and infections may increase the risk.
  • Personal history. People who have already had bladder cancer once may develop it again.

Knowing your risk factors and talking with your doctor will help you make  more informed lifestyle and health care choices.

 

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