Bladder cancer is very often overlooked and overshadowed by cancers such as lung, skin, and breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, which is somewhat understandable, considering the fact that bladder cancer is rather rare and makes about 5% of all the types of cancer in the U.S. In comparison, breast cancer makes up 12% of all the cancer diagnosis.
Moreover, 40% – 50% of people above the age of 65 develop skin cancer and 1 out of 4 Americans suffer from lung cancer. In any case, 5% is still a lot. The estimations made by The American Cancer society, showed that in 2017 as much as 80,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed. Moreover, most of the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer are usually mistaken for symptoms of other diseases. This is the main reason as to why many people die from it.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BLADDER CANCER AND HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
Just like in other types of cancers, the cells in the bladder can stop growing, mutate or stop behaving the way they are supposed to. These changes can lead to cancer. Here are several types of bladder cancer:
– non-cancerous conditions such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones, and
– benign tumors such as papilloma and fibroma.
Malignant tumors and cancers can also appear due to these changes.
TYPES OF BLADDER CANCER:
– Invasive Bladder Cancer – is called the cancer that spreads to the connective tissues and the bladder wall muscles.
– non-invasive Bladder Cancer – is called the cancer that occurs inside the cells of the urothelium.
TREATMENTS FOR BLADDER CANCER:
It is needless to say, that the treatment of bladder cancer depends on the category, grade and most importantly the stage of the cancer. The usual methods of treating this type of cancer are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BLADDER CANCER:
The signs and symptoms of this type of cancer can be divided into two groups:
– Early signs and symptoms of bladder cancer: blood in the urine, difficulty urinating and burning sensation while urinating, Intense and painful need to urinate, and frequent need to urinate as well.
– Late signs and symptoms of bladder cancer: loss of appetite and weight loss, change in bowel habits, pain in the pelvis, rectum, anus, flank or in the bones, a lump in the pelvis, anemia, fever or swellings in the legs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN ORDER TO PREVENT BLADDER CANCER.
“Prevention is better than cure Needless” – Desiderius Erasmus.
– Although many risk factors such as age, sex, having a bladder-related birth defect or being Caucasian are unchangeable, there are many other factors and habits that increase the risk of bladder cancer. Most of these factors are associated with toxins and toxic build up.
– Eat lots of vegetables and fruits – Consuming a variety of vegetables and fruits, provides a high fiber intake and also a high intake of anti-cancerous antioxidants. Fiber improves bowel movements and antioxidants eliminate free radicals before they lead to the formulation of cancer.
– Drink lots of water – Good hydration during the day stimulates urination and dilutes the urine, which means that you will regularly be filtering and eliminating waste toxins from the kidneys, without giving them time to remain in the bladder.
– Reduce the exposure to chemicals – There are many jobs that require the use of dangerous chemicals. However, it is crucial to take safety precautions. Wear the required protective clothes and face masks. Moreover, one more thing that you can do in order to minimize the exposure to toxic chemicals is to avoid processed foods and replace them with healthy foods. You should also replace cleaning products high on chemicals with natural alternatives. The same goes for make up too.
– Last but not least, smoking causes countless cancerous chemicals to enter the body. Furthermore, not only should you stop smoking or never start in the first place, but also try to avoid being in the presence of other smokers as well.
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