Did you know?
Smoking is the greatest risk factor for bladder cancer. Smokers get bladder cancer twice as often as people who do not smoke.
One of the first signs of bladder cancer is darkened urine or blood in the urine. Other signs and symptoms may include frequent urination or a feeling of urgency and not being able to go, painful or slowing of urination and low back or pelvic pain.
There is no definite way to prevent bladder cancer. Ways to reduce your risk include: avoiding exposure to carcinogenic chemicals (people who work with hair dye, paint, metal, leather and rubber are at increased risk); increasing physical activity, drinking plenty of fluids and not smoking.
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20814
(888)901-BCAN toll free or (301)215-9099
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA)
East Holly Avenue Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
American Bladder Cancer Society
399 Main Street – Suite 2B
Dalton, MA 01226
(888)413-2344 toll free or (413)684-2344
The American Urological Association Foundation
1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
(800)828-7866 toll free or (410)689-3700
United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 512
Northfield, MN 55057-0512