The cause of
bladder cancer is not known. Changes in the genetic
material (DNA) of bladder cells may play a role. Chemicals in
the environment and cigarette smoking also may play a role. And when the lining
of the bladder is irritated for a long time, cell changes that lead to cancer
may occur. Some things that cause this are radiation treatment, having
catheters in place for a long time, or having the parasite that causes
Bladder cancer is twice as likely to develop in
smokers than in nonsmokers. Experts believe that smoking causes about half of
bladder cancer in men and more than one-fourth of bladder cancer in
Exposure to chemicals and other
substances at work—including dyes, paints, leather dust, and others—may also
cause bladder cancer.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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