Bladder Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be approximately 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2013 (about 54,610 in men and 17,960 in women) and approximately 15,210 deaths from bladder cancer (about 10,820 in men and 4,390 in women).

Bladder cancer is a senior citizen’s disease. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 73. Only 1 in 10 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer before the age of 55.

Men are three to four times more likely to develop bladder cancer during their lifetime than women. Overall, the chance of American men developing bladder cancer is approximately 1 in 26.  The chance is approximately 1 in 90 for American women.

  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of pure water every day
  • Switch to a diet that is 70-80 percent vegetables and fruit
  • Eat a rainbow of different colored vegetables every day. Different types of vegetables contain certain antioxidants and other important vitamins and minerals.
  • Avoid bladder irritants (don’t eat anything you wouldn’t put on an open wound)
    • Spicy foods (peppers, curry, wasabi)
    • Alcohol
    • Acidic foods (citrus, tomatoes, apples, pineapple)
    • Carbonated beverages (sodas, energy drinks)
    • Caffeine (coffee, tea, even chocolate)
  • Avoid exposure to workplace chemicals and herbicides/pesticides
  • Stop using permanent hair dyes (the worst ones are the darkest).
  • Urine cytology/FISH
  • Cystoscopy
  • Imaging (ultrasound, CT, MRI, and others ). The choice of imaging procedure depends upon conditions inside your bladder.