Since bladder cancer is not one of the “big” cancers, it doesn’t get the attention it deserves
“Big” cancers like skin, lung, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers are what often overshadow bladder cancer. The reason being that breast cancer is the reason for 12% of new cancer diagnoses, one out of 4 will get lung cancer eventually and some type of skin cancer will affect 40-50% of people who managed to reach 65 years or older. Bladder cancer only makes up 5% of new cancer diagnoses in America.
But 5% is still a lot of people, which is why should understand the symptoms and how to prevent it
In 2017, the American Cancer Society says the number of new cases of bladder cancer will reach 80,000, and that when it comes to common cancer in men, bladder cancer is at number four. Despite more men being affected, more women will die from bladder cancer than men. That is because diagnosing it in women is more complicated and the symptoms will mostly probably be mistaken with another disease.
Watch out for these early symptoms of bladder cancer
- Urine that is bloody ( intermittently or all the time)
- Frequent or constant urination
- Sudden or intense, urgent need to pee
- Urinating problems
- Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
These symptoms show up in the late stages of bladder cancers
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Your pelvis will have a lump in it
- Swelling of the vulva in women, scrotum in men and legs in both
- Pain above the pubic bone, bones, flank (side), pelvis, anus and rectum
But you can prevent bladder cancer by following the tips outlined below:
Smoking floods your body with thousands of harmful chemicals – avoid it
Don’t just quit smoking, but also stay away from people who smoke.
Take some precautions to minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals
Some jobs place in contact with harmful chemical or require you to use the everyday. Don’t quit! Just take the necessary safety measures when it comes to handling the chemicals, like putting on face masks and protective gloves that filter out the ait. You can minimize exposure as well by replacing processed foods, cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products that full of chemicals with their natural alternatives.
Increase urinary output by drinking lots of water during the day
Doing this means you kidneys will get help with flushing and filtering out toxins, meaning these harmful chemicals will spend less time in the bladder, where they do the most harm.
Include lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet to get plenty of anti-cancer antioxidants and fiber
The antioxidants will get of free-radicals before they have a chance to cause any cancer and the fiber will keep the movements of your bowels regular. To further minimize exposure to toxins, try to eat organic as much as possible. Quality supplements, such as Pure Bearberry Extract, can be included into your diet as well.
See a doctor immediately if you suspect bladder cancer – the earlier it’s caught, the better!
Sometimes we often busy with our day to day lives that we neglect our bodies and what they are trying to communicate to us, making it hard to detect and prevent cancer. It is very important to always keep an eye on our health and go to the doctor the moment we suspect something may be wrong.