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Why is the impact of Bladder Cancer important to people in alberta?

Bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Alberta.1 About 835 adults were diagnosed in 2015.2

  • Bladder cancer is much more common in men than in women. In fact, about 3 out of 4 people who develop bladder cancer are men.1
  • Not being active enough is linked to about 12% of new bladder cancer cases in Alberta.4
  • Not eating enough vegetables and fruits is linked to about 8% of new bladder cancer cases in Alberta.5
  • The risk of getting bladder cancer begins to rise at about age 40. The rate rises more quickly for men than for women.1
  • Rates for new bladder cancer cases in Alberta didn’t change much between 1996 and 2015.2,6

What can I do?

Experts agree that together, we can prevent about 52 out of every 100 cases of bladder cancer in Alberta.2 Here’s how:

Tobacco smoking is linked to about 39% of new bladder cancer cases in Alberta.3 Tobacco has cancer-causing toxins (called carcinogens) that damage bladder cells. Over time, the damaged cells can turn into cancer. You can lower your risk for bladder cancer when you quit using tobacco or cut down.

More information on bladder cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at MyHealth Alberta.

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