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Bladder cancer is a fairly sneaky cancer, in that many people have not heard of it. Despite this fact, bladder cancer is relatively common in America, with 60,000 people diagnosed yearly.
To do a health risk assessment for bladder cancer, evaluate the risk factors below.
Age - Your bladder cancer risk increases with age. It's most common in people over 65.
Gender – Men are at higher bladder cancer risk than women.
Smoking – Smokers are at higher risk for bladder cancer.
Workplace chemicals – Certain chemicals can damage DNA which can lead to cancer. The rubber, aluminum, and textile industries use such chemicals. Exposure increases your risk.
Family history – If someone in your immediate family (mother, father, siblings) has bladder cancer, your risk is higher.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|