Understanding all causes of bladder cancer
When urothelial cells in the urinary bladder start growing uncontrollably, it is a sign of the initiation of bladder cancer. With the increased development of cancerous urothelial cells, there can be a formation of a tumor that can spread to other places in the body. The bladder is a hollow organ in the pelvis and has flexible, muscular walls. One of the functions of the bladder is to store urine before the it is removed.
Bladder cancer roots from the innermost lining of the bladder. There are several layers in the bladder that are made of different types of cells. The innermost layer or lining is called the urothelium, where bladder cancer initiates.
There are different types of bladder cancer, the following are a few examples.
- Urothelial carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Small cell carcinoma
Urothelial carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer. The likeliness of anyone getting any other type of bladder cancer other than Urothelial carcinoma and sarcoma is relatively low.
When one is diagnosed with Urothelial carcinoma, doctors check their urinary tract, kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder), and the urethra because urothelial cells line these parts of the urinary tract as well.
There are no definite causes of bladder cancer, but there are many risk factors. Smoking increases the chances of getting bladder cancer. People who smoke are more likely to develop bladder cancer.
Certain jobs expose people to chemicals that can increase the risk of getting cancer. Exposure to industrial tar, coal, and paraffin may increase the risk of some non-melanoma skin cancers.
Genetics also play a role in increasing the risk of bladder cancer. Most men develop this cancer once they cross the age of 40. If you have an immediate family member with bladder cancer, your may develop the cancer too.
There are some parasitic infections that can cause bladder cancer, this is more prevalent in people who have travelled abroad. Exposure to certain types of chemicals that people might get while working in factories can increase your risk of getting bladder cancer. Although the chemicals do not directly cause bladder cancer as the kidneys filter harmful chemicals from the bloodstream to the bladder, it is often believed that being around these chemicals can cause bladder cancer.
If one has undergone cancer treatments before, there are chances that the cancer might recur. In any previous treatment where the anti-cancer drug cyclophosphamide was used, chance of getting bladder cancer increases.
Your diet and physical activity plays an important role in causing cancer. Daily habits that include your diet and exercise affect your risk of getting bladder cancer. Diet and overall lifestyle hugely impact your chances of getting cancer. Diet and exercise can prevent people from developing cancer even when it runs in the family.
Following an unhealthy diet can prove to be devastating for your health. Developing cancer from the food you eat and lifestyle you follow is unpleasant, yet avoidable. Most people get cancer from an unhealthy diet that includes the consumption of junk food, consuming drinks, eating and sleeping at wrong hours and for an improper number of hours.
Obesity is one of the signs of having an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. When food is not eaten in moderation, and the diet involves a large amount of junk food, obesity kicks in and invites several diseases and illnesses, cancer being one of them.
When the diet is not healthy, and you are sleeping and eating at wrong time, your body tends to feel lethargic and disinterested in anything that will make the mind and body energetic. Eating more junk and not exercising then becomes a habit. When the body is not doing any exercise, it starts to lose its fitness and toughness. The immune system can weaken and you increase your risk of developing cancer. Physical activity can prevent you from getting any disease and illnesses; however, the lack of physical activities can cause health related troubles for you.
Eating at improper times can lead to various health problems, including cancer. If there is an insufficient gap between two meals, and if the meals are not eaten at the right time, it can increase the risk of developing bladder cancer.
There are many direct and indirect causes of bladder cancer. While there are few direct causes of bladder cancer, indirect ones are more important to address as they are not easily spotted; moreover, prevention becomes an issue later. Knowing and understanding the causes of bladder cancer can help you prevent it. If there are unavoidable risk factors, you must consult your doctor and discuss all the possible ways you can try to prevent yourself from bladder cancer.