Stitch in time can save ninety-nine : -- there is no sure way to prevent bladder cancer but with few preventive measures, one can reduce the chance of bladder cancer occurrence.

Steps to take to prevent bladder cancer

Stop smoking

smoking is known to account to almost half of the bladder cancer cases in world. This is because tobacco contains cancer causing harmful chemicals which when consumed will enter the blood stream and eventually will be filtered thru kidneys into your urine. Smoking over the years will increase the chance of a person to have bladder cancer. Smoke in all forms, like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e smoking is known to cause bladder cancer.

Avoid exposure to chemicals and toxins

Workers who work in rubber, textile, paint, petroleum products, hairdye, leather and printing industries are continuously exposed to certain organic chemicals that have higher propensity to cause bladder cancer. If you work in any of such industries, make sure to follow good work safety practices.

Eat a healthy diet

some studies have suggested that eating healthy diet is thought to reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

Plenty of oral fluids

Drinking plenty of oral fluids especially water might lower the risk of developing bladder cancer

Warning signs of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer is notorious in the way that it may not produce any noticeable symptoms in initial stage. Even if it produces, person may neglect it assuming simple urine infection. One of the earliest warning symptoms is blood in urine (hematuria), which can be microscopic or macroscopic.

Other less common symptoms are :

  • Painful urination
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Feeling an urge to pass urine frequently
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Pelvic pain

These potential warning symptoms may indicate other diseases like urine infection, prostate disorders or bladder stone. Make sure to see a urologist for thorough evaluation and to rule out bladder cancer. For all good, it may not be a cancer and it may save your bladder. It's better to be safe than sorry.