According to the National Cancer Institute, bladder cancer occurs in men and women over the age of 40. It is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and the eighth most common for women. Caucasians get bladder cancer twice as often as Hispanics or Black people.
Risks Factors for Bladder Cancer
Cigarette, pipe, and cigar smokers are two to three times more likely to get bladder cancer than nonsmokers. People exposed to chemicals in the workplace are at risk including hairdressers, machinists, metal workers, truck drivers, painters, printers, and those who work in the leather, rubber, or chemical industries. Of course, diet plays a part in the formation of bladder cancer, especially high fat and fried meats.
Bladder Cancer Symptoms
One of the earliest signs of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. You may experience difficulty urinating, painful urination, or urinating frequently. You may even have blood in your urine that you cannot see with the naked eye, so check with your doctor if you have any of mentioned symptoms.
Natural Treatments for Bladder Cancer
Controlled Amino Acid Therapy (CAAT) is a way to remove certain foods from the patient’s diet and replace them with a special amino acid preparation. This therapy starves the cancer cells, prevents their growth, and eventually the cells die.
Cramp bark, marshmallow, and goldenrod are common herbs used to teat the pain and inflammation of the bladder. Antioxidants like Vitamin E, C, and others are helpful in fighting the free radicals that cause cancers of any kind. Antioxidants can be found in special supplements or in green leafy vegetables. Other foods that should be included in a diet for a healthy bladder are barley soup, tabbouleh, parsley and garlic.
Modern Medical Treatments for Bladder Cancer
The most common treatments for bladder cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, or some combination of these methods. These methods while fast and effective can be very invasive and cause long term damage from radiation and chemotherapy.
Biotherapy, or immunology, is a way of super charging the body’s immune system to fight the cancer cells itself. Photodynamic therapy uses drugs and laser light to kill the cancer cells. Both of these slightly alternative medical methods are used to help treat bladder cancer.
No matter which treatment you follow, or any combination of treatments, cancer (whether bladder or otherwise) results from being exposed to toxic chemicals or the body’s inability to fight off damaging cells from the environment or food we eat. The best ways to prevent bladder cancer is to drink lots of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduce bad fats and empty carbs. Be sure to take a multivitamin regularly to supplement your diet in case you’re not getting enough essential nutrients and exercise regularly at least 4 times a week.
These are the keys to staying healthy. Your body is perfectly capable of fighting off any free radicals and flushing out harmful toxins if it has the necessary tools it needs to stay in top form. Give your body what it needs and it will serve you well.