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Last updated July 27, 2016 ( originally published July 11, 2012)

By Alex Elson, Contributing Columnist and Susan Callahan,
Associate Editor

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Doctors, Registered Nurses, and other members of our
Editorial team.]



Do you experience burning when you pee? Have you ever
noticed blood in your urine? Then, you could have bladder
cancer. Bladder cancer is one of the lesser known cancers in
the US.  The National Cancer Institute estimates that 73,510
men and women in the US will be diagnosed with bladder
cancer in 2012. In the UK, about 10,000 people are
diagnosed each year. That compares with about 240,000
women who will develop breast cancer and about 220,000
men who will develop prostate cancer.  


But just because it's not as well known doesn't mean it's not
deadly.  The great singer Frank Sinatra had bladder cancer,
as did former Vice President Hubert Humphrey and the
brilliant writer Dominick Dunne of Vanity Fair. Your risk for
bladder cancer increases with age—over 90% of all cases of
bladder cancer are in people over the age of 45. Your risk
for bladder cancer also increases dramatically if you smoke.

Are there foods which you should eat if you have bladder
cancer to improve your survival chances? Are there foods
you should avoid if you have bladder cancer? Do any
particular lifestyle habits affect your risk for bladder cancer?

Surely we all know that eating well plays an important role in
daily health. Surely we all slip up and don’t eat so well from
time-to-time. But when the cost of eating poorly holds
exponentially greater risks due to a serious illness, it might
be time to put down the Ho-Ho’s and really focus on not
hindering your body’s attempt to better itself by dragging it
down with an un-beneficial diet.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer? The most
common symptom is blood in your urine, a condition known
as
"hematuria". Other signs of bladder cancer are changes in
urination, that is, the frequency of urination, burning when
you pee or having the urge to pee but not being able to.
Another common sign of bladder cancer is pain in your back.
(Read more about
what the color of your urine means.)

Of course, if you suspect that you have bladder cancer, the
only advice you should seek is from your doctor.  But there
are things you can do which, in consultation with your
doctor, may improve your chances to survive this cancer. We
have scored the research on bladder cancer to identify the
Top 10 things you should do (such as foods you should eat
and the foods you should avoid) to improve your chances of
surviving bladder cancer:

Top 10 Tips to Prevent Bladder Cancer






























1)  Foods Rich In  Vitamin B-12 Fight Bladder Cancer.  A
study conducted by the National Cancer Institute in May of
2012 showed an inverse relationship between Vitamin B-12
intake and bladder cancer. The more Vitamin B-12 in your
diet, the lower your risk for getting bladder cancer.

Personally, I have never eaten a brick of concentrated
Vitamin B12, and I am willing to venture a guess that most
readers are on the same page, so instead look for healthy
doses of Vitamin B12 in foods like shrimp, salmon and
halibut. Apparently Vitamin B12 is a rather delicious bladder
cancer deterrent.

By the way, many people mistakenly believe that Brewer's
yeast is a source for all B-vitamins. Thus, it may surprise you
to know that Brewer's yeast is not a rich source of Vitamin B-
12.


2)
Skip Processed Meats to Prevent Bladder Cancer.   The
same study conducted by the National Cancer Institute in
May of 2012 showed that increased consumption of
processed meats (especially processed red meats) resulted
in a higher frequency of bladder cancer. Steer clear of the
pepperoni slices, bologna and spam, for example.


3)
Go Crazy for Citric Fruits and Juices to Lower Your Risk
for Bladder Cancer.
 Per usual, our old pal fruits and their
juicy extracts are good for the body and the bladder. A
study conducted by the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer
Center in June of 2004 also showed that the more  citric
fruits/juices you eat, the lower your risk for bladder r cancer.

4)
Eat More Vegetables to Lower Your Risk for Bladder
Cancer
. No surprise here. Every time fruits want in on the
action good old vegetables feel inclined to tag along.  A
study conducted in 2009 by the Department of Epidemiology
at the University of Texas showed an inverse relationship
between vegetables (specifically cruciferous, orange and
dark green vegetables) and bladder cancer.

5)
Don’t Smoke If You Fear Bladder Cancer. Okay, cigarettes
are not a food. But smoking is so important to avoid if you
want to also avoid bladder cancer that we included it on our
list. The same study conducted at the USC/Norris
Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2004 showed that the
positive protective effects of increased fruit intake was
significantly decreased in the cases of smokers.

Although protective effects were still witnessed in high-fruit
consuming subjects, the impact was greatly reduced in
comparison to their non-smoking peers. It looks like
cigarettes are playing their usual role in this story.


6)
Skip Hair Dyes to Prevent Bladder Cancer. While this
product should NEVER be consumed even its application
should be avoided if you want to keep that bladder healthy.
According to a study published in March of 2003 by our old
friends at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center,
there is a statistically significant positive relationship
between the application of hair dyes containing NAT2 slow
acetylates and bladder cancer.


The concern over cancer is limited to permanent and semi-
permanent dyes (which last 5 to 10 washes).

If it comes down to a choice between hiding those grays and
keeping a healthy bladder…please choose the latter.

7)
Vitamin E May Help You Avoid Bladder Cancer. Well this
story seems to be unfolding as expected. So far, vitamins are
good for combating cancer, while our typical bad guys like
smoking and processed food aren’t breaking any trends. Add
Vitamin E to the list of your bladder’s friends. According to
the Department of Urology at the Isfahan University of
Medical Sciences in Israel, Vitamin E is good for pee. Their
2012 study concluded that Vitamin E-rich foods such as
sunflower seeds, spinach and almonds are a deterrent to
bladder cancer.


8)  
Vitamin D Fights Bladder Cancer.  Add it to the list:
Vitamin D. According to a 2010 study conducted by the
Cancer Epidemiology Centre in Australia, Vitamin D rich
foods such as shiitake mushrooms, mackerel and herring
also help combat bladder cancer. If we were only able to add
those pesky Vitamins A& C to the list, we could complete the
first fifth of the alphabet!


9)
Avoid Calcium to Lower Your Risk of Bladder Cancer.
Boom! Just like that we throw in an M. Night Shyamalan
worthy twist. In this story of cast-type good-guy vitamins
and evil-villain cigarettes, calcium is breaking the mold.
According to a study conducted by the Department of
General Practice at the Katholieke Univeriteit Leuven
(Belgium) in 2011, usual good-guy calcium is best avoided in
cases of bladder cancer. Steer clear of dairy.

10)
Watch Out for Foods with Phosphorous.  In the same
study from Belgium on calcium, researchers found that foods
and food derivatives containing high levels of phosphorous
had the highest impact on bladder cancer of the variables
tested. Products like baking powder and carbonated
beverages should be avoided at all costs.


There you have it. In the case of bladder cancer, the typical
healthy foods and beverages should be sought, while their
standard unhealthy counterparts don’t seem to be making
any changes. As far as calcium is concerned, keep an eye on
the slippery devil.






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