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Bladder Cancer: Risk Factors

Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting nearly 68,000 people in the United States each year. It is important to know the risk factors for developing bladder cancer so you can make changes to lower your risk. However, some risk factors, like a person’s gender or age, cannot be changed. If you know you are at higher risk, certain tests can help detect bladder cancer early, when treatment would be most effective.

Bladder Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Dragan Golijanin, MD, discusses the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer.

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Some of the risk factors for developing bladder cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Chemical exposure
  • Chronic bladder conditions
  • Certain medicines and supplements
  • Personal or family history of bladder cancer
  • Prior cancer treatment
  • Arsenic exposure
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Bladder Cancer: Small State, Big Problem

For a small state, we have a big problem! Rhode Island has the highest bladder cancer rate per capita in the country. The disease is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and has the highest recurrence rate of any form of cancer. It’s the fifth most common cancer in Rhode Island.

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