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Bladder Cancer

While prostate cancer is a common topic among men, it is not the only malignancy affecting them and can cause urinary discomfort. Bladder cancer is a serious health problem among older men, and can cause symptoms almost similar to those of prostate cancer.  


Located in the lower abdomen, the bladder is a hollow organ shaped as a balloon, having a flexible muscle wall. The inner wall of the bladder is lined with transitional cells. Almost all bladder cancers originate in the surface of the bladder wall. The disease affects three times more men than women. In 80 percent of cases, bladder cancer is diagnosed in people aged over 60 years, and more than 50 percent of those cases are in individuals aged 70 and older.   


Almost generally, cancer of the bladder can manifest in various forms, very different from each other, but the superficial form is the most common, accounting for 80 percent of bladder cancers. It is more or less limited to the mucosa of the bladder and less serious. However, if left untreated, the cancer can also be capable of invading the musculature of the bladder wall (invasive type), causing serious symptoms. In addition, superficial bladder tumors may recur and affect other organs.   


As is the case with most cancers, the risk of bladder cancer is very high among smokers. The toxic substances of tobacco are eliminated by the kidneys and the bladder. Some of those harmful substances can remain in the bladder, leading to development of malignant tumor. Certain pain killers contain phenacetin which is also suspected in the develop bladder cancer. In addition, individuals who are constantly exposed – in their workplace or else - and inhale certain chemicals also run a high risk of contracting bladder cancer.  This risk is even higher for individuals suffer from stress or depression. 


Bladder Cancer Treatment 


Bladder cancer treatment varies depending on the characteristics of the tumor. Superficial cancers that do not exceed the lining of the bladder can be electrically destroyed during endoscopic resection. In case of recurrence of a superficial tumor, it is possible to use intravesical instillation, direct application in the bladder of anti-tumor agents designed to act on the walls of the bladder. The application is made by the use of a thin catheter inserted into the urethra using a special medical tool. As for invasive tumors that penetrate deeply into the muscular wall of the bladder or superficial tumors that rapidly grows, the treatment is cystectomy, surgical removal of the bladder.  


As it is the case of most therapy, bladder cancer treatment is more effective along with a healthy lifestyle and anti-cancer diet. It is, therefore, crucial for patients to eat plenty of non-GMO fruits and cruciferous vegetables, while avoid refiner sugar directly or from foods that contain it. Ensure and Boost are among two popular drinks recommended to cancer patients but are filled with refiner sugar.


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