Research is increasing regarding what we know about bladder cancer. Scientists are learning more about its causes. Following are common risk factors for the disease:
- Age - The chance of being diagnosed increases with age.
- Tobacco - The use of tobacco is a major risk factor. Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely than nonsmokers to get bladder cancer. Pipe and cigar smokers are also at increased risk.
- Occupation - Some workers have a higher risk of getting bladder cancer due to carcinogens that might be present in the workplace. Workers in heavy industries such as rubber, chemical, and leather industries are at risk. So are hairdressers, machinists, metal workers, printers, painters, textile workers, and truck drivers.
- Race and Sex - Whites get bladder cancer twice as often as African Americans and Hispanics. The lowest rates are among Asians. And, men are two to three times more likely than women to get bladder cancer.
- Genetics - People with family members who have bladder cancer are more likely to get the disease.
The following symptoms present themselves and may indicate cancer is developing in the bladder:
- Blood in the Urine
- Pain during Urination
- Frequent urination
- Feeling the need to urinate without results
However, it must be noted that these signs are not only linked to bladder cancer. Infections and bladder stones can also cause these symptoms. It is important to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis.