Bladder Cancer: Another Reason to Stop Smoking

Bladder Cancer | Another Reason to Stop Smoking | Pacific Urology

50 percent of those diagnosed with bladder cancer smoke tobacco

Many health diseases are associated with smoking: pulmonary disease, kidney cancer, asthma, heart disease, lung cancer and so many more. If those aren’t enough reasons to quit smoking, let’s add another… bladder cancer.

How does tobacco smoke affect the urinary system?

Our complex systems are interconnected. As you inhale smoke from cigars, pipes and cigarettes you may only think of the effect on your mouth and lungs. However, once you inhale the smoke, cancer-causing chemicals contained in tobacco products enter the lungs and are absorbed into the blood stream. Your hard working kidneys then filter your blood to remove all of the “waste,” such as the carcinogens, which are then deposited into the urine.

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As the urine sits in your bladder, waiting to be expelled, the carcinogens damage the cellular lining of the bladder, increasing your risk of cancer.

What is the chance of being diagnosed with bladder cancer?

American Cancer Society estimated that in 2015 there would be approximately 74,000 people in the United States that would be diagnosed with bladder cancer. Nearly 50 percent of those diagnosed will have been caused from being a tobacco smoker. Smokers are three times more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than those who don’t smoke. With nearly 16,000 people estimated to have passed away from bladder cancer in 2015, why would you increase your chances?

If you smoke, take a step today to a healthier you. Do it for your lungs, kidneys and your bladder. If you need help quitting check out some of the free resources below.