Reduced bladder cancer risk by high fluid intake


Bladder cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells multiply without control in urinary bladder.The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that stores urine; it is located in the pelvis. The most common type of bladder cancer begins in cells lining the inside of the bladder. A study suggested that by consuming high amount of fluid, you can reduce your risk for bladder cancer.

What are main symptoms of bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer characteristically causes blood in the urine; this may be visible to the naked eye or detectable only by microscope. Other possible symptoms include pain during urination, frequent urination or feeling the need to urinate without results.

What are main sources of bladder cancer?
Tobacco smoking is the main known contributor to urinary bladder cancer, about 50% cases. 30% of bladder tumors probably result from occupational exposure in the workplace to carcinogens such as benzidine. Occupations at risk are bus drivers, rubber workers, motor mechanics, leather (including shoe) workers, blacksmiths, machine setters and mechanics. Hairdressers are thought to be at risk as well because of their frequent exposure to permanent hair dyes.

Plenty of fluids intake may result in some protection against bladder cancer
Jiachen Zhou, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Brown University, conducted a study and concluded that the fluids may flush out potential carcinogens before they have the opportunity to cause tissue damage that could lead to bladder cancer.

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The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers evaluated the association between fluid intake and bladder cancer among 47,909 male participants in the prospective Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) during a 22-year period. Participants answered a questionnaire about fluid intake every four years. Researchers found that high total fluid intake (more than 2,531 milliliters per day) was associated with a 24% reduction in risk for bladder cancer among men.

The researchers also observed that the men drank fewer liquids, particularly water, as they aged and opined that physicians should recommend the patients to drink plenty of fluids.

The good thing about study is that you can reduce the bladder cancer risk by drinking water, which is cheap and side effects free as compared to take medication to prevent it.  Drinking of adequate quantity of water is beneficial for your health in general and you should do it on daily basis.

Healthy Drinking!


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