A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
The following factors increase your chance of developing bladder cancer:
- Increasing age: The majority of people with bladder cancer are between 65-85 years old.
Occupation (due to occupational exposures to certain substances)
Those at risk include:
- Rubber, leather, and textile workers
- Truck drivers
- Petroleum industry workers
- Those at risk include:
- Race: White
- Sex: male
- Chronic bladder inflammation or infection (eg, schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm)
- Personal or family history of bladder cancer
- Chemotherapeutic drugs : cyclophosphamide and ifosfamide
- Exposure to arsenic
- Radiation treatment of the pelvis
- Bladder birth defects
- Chemicals (eg, nitrosamines, benzidine)
- Urinary stones for many years
- Indwelling catheter for many years
- Bladder diverticuli: an area of weakness in the bladder wall through which some of the lining of the bladder is forced out
- Metastasis from another cancer
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