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Bladder Cancer: Another Reason to Quit Smoking
The National Cancer Institute projected that there would be more than 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,000 deaths, in 2010. Although bladder cancer does not have the same public profile of other cancers, such as breast and lung, it is the fourth most common cancer diagnosis among men, and the ninth most in women.
The good news is that, like many cancers, reducing certain risk factors can significantly reduce the likelihood of acquiring bladder cancer. At the top of that list is smoking. While lung and breast cancers are most typically linked to cigarette smoking, smoking is a risk factor for all cancers and the National Cancer Institute states that, compared to non-smokers, smokers have a four-to seven-time greater chance of developing bladder cancer. And, while the risk of developing bladder cancer gradually decreases among former smokers, data indicate that even 10 years after quitting smoking, former smokers still have a risk of bladder cancer almost twice that of someone who has never smoked.
The message is: if you don’t smoke, don’t start; if you are a smoker, quit.
Although the holidays prompt many to consider resolutions to kick off the new year, stopping smoking is a good decision at any time during the year. It is a life-changing experience.
If you would like information for yourself, or a loved one, about how to stop smoking, please call our offices. We will be glad to refer you to smoking cessation resources.