World Health Day – Health for All!
World Health Day 2023 focuses on the theme, ‘Health for All,’ marking the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO’s 75th anniversary is an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow. When it comes to bladder cancer, each year, over 570,000 people are diagnosed around the world. Any person of any age or sex may develop bladder cancer, but some factors may increase the risk of bladder cancer :
- Smoking – Smoking is the most important bladder cancer risk factor to be aware of. Smoking is the leading cause of bladder cancer. Persons who smoke may be up to 4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-smokers.
- Workplace exposure – Exposure to certain industrial chemicals is the second biggest risk factor for bladder cancer. Chemicals used in the textile, rubber, leather, dye, paint, and print industries; some naturally occurring chemicals; and chemicals called aromatic amines and others can also increase the risk of bladder cancer. Previous studies have estimated that this may account for around 25% of cases.
- Infections – An untreated infection called schistosomiasis, is caused by a parasite that lives in freshwater. Schistosomiasis affects over 200 million people worldwide. The parasite is most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa but also lives in parts of South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia.
Living a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, and limiting exposure to chemicals decreases the chances of developing bladder cancer and improves our overall well-being. Whilst being aware of bladder cancer signs and symptoms to look out for, we can further help to diagnose bladder cancer earlier. Learn more about what we are doing to help change during May for Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.
We invite you to participate in raising awareness and taking action today together with the world.
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Learn more about bladder cancer risks factors on our bladder cancer information pages.