Who's at Risk for Bladder Cancer?

Who's at Risk for Bladder Cancer?

Over 80,000 adults in America are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for successful treatment, but the cancer doesn’t always have symptoms until later stages. This makes understanding your risk factors a must. 

The board-certified providers at Urological Associates are committed to helping men and women in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area maintain their bladder health. Our team members have extensive experience diagnosing bladder cancer and providing or recommending the best treatment based on the cancer’s stage. 

To help you stay on top of your bladder health, take a moment to learn more about bladder cancer and whether you’re at risk.

What do I need to understand about bladder cancer?

You probably don’t think much about your bladder unless you need to use the restroom, but taking a moment to learn about bladder cancer could save your life since early detection is key for effective treatment. 

Located above and behind your pubic bone, your bladder is about the size of a pear. It’s lined with a layer of muscle tissue that can stretch and squeeze to hold and release urine. 

When the cells lining the inside of your bladder mutate, bladder cancer develops. As these abnormal cells overtake the normal cells and destroy bladder tissue, the cancer progresses. If not treated, these cells can spread to other parts of your body. 

Who’s at risk of developing bladder cancer?

The exact reason the conditions that lead to bladder cancer develop in some people still isn’t well understood. However, scientists have discovered certain risk factors that increase your odds of getting bladder cancer.

Some of the risk factors are lifestyle related, meaning you can make changes to lower your risk while others aren't within your control. People with the highest risk of developing bladder cancer have one or more of either type of these risk factors, including: 

If you have one or more risk factors for bladder cancer, be sure to see a urologist. At Urological Associates, our providers can order tests that help provide an early diagnosis, which makes treatment more effective. 

To learn more about how you can lower your risk of bladder cancer or to set up a bladder cancer screening, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Urological Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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