Risk Factors

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Smoking tobacco is the most important risk factor for developing bladder cancer.

Anything that increases your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Risk factors for bladder cancer include the following:

  • Smoking
  • Being exposed to certain substances at work, such as rubber, certain dyes and textiles, paint and hairdressing supplies
  • Certain cancer treatments, such as the drug cyclophosphamide, or radiation therapy to the pelvis or abdomen
  • Family history or personal history of bladder cancer
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