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Bladder Cancer Risks and Prevention

Individuals who develop bladder cancer are more likely to have certain risk factors for the disease. A risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a disease.

Bladder Cancer Risk Factors

Although the exact cause of bladder cancer is unknown, certain factors can increase the risk of developing bladder cancer:

  • Age
  • Eating a diet high in fried food and fat
  • Exposure to substances such as rubber, dyes in textiles, paint and hairdressing supplies
  • Smoking

This does not mean that if you have one or more of these factors you will develop bladder cancer, but you may want to speak with a Penn Medicine physician to determine your risk.