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Risk of Bladder Cancer from Smoking is Growing

Smoking has long been linked to bladder cancer. But a large new study shows that even though there are fewer smokers now than there were 25 years ago, it’s now a bigger risk factor for the disease—possibly because cigarettes now contain more of certain carcinogenic substances.

Moreover, women run the same risk for developing the disease as men, according the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute followed the medical histories of 281,400 men and 186,100 women who completed a survey in 1995 and 1996. At that time, they ranged in age from 50 to 71 years.

They discovered that those who smoke have four times the risk of developing bladder cancer compared with those who have never smoked. Earlier studies showed a threefold risk. Former smokers have double the risk of getting the disease.

Smoking accounted for about half of the risk of bladder cancer, for both men and women.

In May, China Daily reported that a separate decade-long study done by the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health showed that one out of every three elderly smokers will die from a smoking-related illness.
Source: agingcare.com

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