Smoking as a risk factor in bladder cancer

The average age for bladder cancer is 70 years. Smoking is considered to be the main cause. It triples the risk of the disease. Long-term abuse of painkillers, chronic forms of cystitis, bladder stones and certain chemicals such as hair dyes can also cause bladder cancer. Since there are no specific symptoms of bladder cancer in the initial phase, patients of advanced age, in particular, should have annual urological check-ups. This way, the disease can be detected and treated at an early stage.

You can help prevent bladder cancer yourself with the following measures:

  • Do not smoke. This is the most effective protection against bladder cancer.
  • Avoid taking painkillers regularly.
  • Avoid high-proof alcohol. This can damage the bladder tissue.
  • Drink at least two litres of liquid daily.