Blood in urine without painful urination may be a first symptom of bladder cancer says expert urologist, Dr. David Samadi. Men are about three times more likely to be affected by this cancer, and it is usually discovered between the ages of 65 and 70 years. Dr. Samadi says becoming aware of the risk factors can help change bad habits and diminish the risk of getting the disease.
Risk factors include tobacco smoking, exposure to certain chemicals and chronic cystitis . Dr. David Samadi explains how bladder cancer develops, and how to reduce risk factors.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) April 8, 2018
What is Bladder Cancer?
The term bladder cancer refers to all malignant growths that originate in the urinary bladder. Normally the growth of human cells is strongly regulated by the body. If these regulatory mechanisms fail, the cells can divide and multiply more quickly and uncontrollably. These cell changes are the basis for any malignant tumor.
In most cases, tumors arise from the surface tissue of the bladder , called urothelium, which is why bladder cancer is also called urothelial carcinoma, says Dr. Samadi. Urothelial carcinomas can also occur in the renal pelvis, in the ureter and in the urethra. Rarely, bladder cancer can also emanate from the muscles of the bladder.
Before the cells of the urinary bladder wall change, they are usually made more sensitive to degeneration by certain stimuli . These risk factors increase the likelihood of developing bladder cancer. An important factor is, for example, tobacco smoking . Smokers are about four times more likely than non-smokers to contract bladder cancer.
Another cause of bladder cancer is because of carcinogenic influences of certain substances, and parasitic infections that increase cancer risk.
How Can You Protect Yourself From Bladder Cancer?
There is no sure protection against cancer. However, you can reduce the risk factors that are commonly associated with bladder cancer. There’s an increased risk of bladder cancer due to frequent use of cancer-causing substances, and the risk increases with certain jobs, like for firefighters, Industrial and construction workers, plant workers, and painters, just to name a few. For a favorable prognosis it is crucial that the bladder carcinoma is recognized in time. But early symptoms do not exist in this disease. The tumor can grow unnoticed for years, says Dr. Samadi. Individuals who work in these industries should consult a urologist more frequently.
Dr. David Samadi received his undergraduate and medical degree from Stony Brook University. After a Residency in Urology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Samadi previously served as Director of Urology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and currently serves as Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox HIll Hospital.
Dr. Samadi’s primary focal point has been on urologic diseases for the last decade, and he has been the source of one of the most recent important developments in prostate cancer treatment. He developed the SMART surgical technique to remove prostate cancer, using robotic enhancements, with a 90 percent success rate, and faster recovery time for patients.
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