There is a definite link between smoking and more harmful health effects, according to two recent studies showcased at the annual Society for Urologic Oncology Conference. Studies by the international group of investigators have shown that after diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer, there are significant increased risks of recurrence, disease progression, and survival.
In the urinary tract, if cells begin to grow abnormally and uncontrollably, bladder cancer results which then creates a tumor that can interrupt the urinary’s systems function and additionally disperse malignant cells throughout the body. It has been known that smoking has been correlated as a risk factor for bladder cancer, but these studies provide conclusive information of a dose-response relationship.
At Comprehensive Urology in Beverly Hills, we offer the best treatment methods ensuring advanced screening for urologic cancer by our team of expert urologists. We strive to give our patients extensive and customized treatment methods for optimal results and the highest level of satisfaction. To learn more about treatment plans or for more information, schedule a consultation with one of our notable urologists by calling as at (310) 499-2756.
Results of Study: Increased Risk of Poor Outcomes From Smoking
There were two studies, the first included 2,043 patients with bladder cancer and this group underwent transurethral resection treatment for the bladder. The second group consisted of 1,506 patients who underwent a radical cystectomy treatment for the bladder. For both cases, there were extensive smoking histories taken that included a daily average number of cigarettes, the duration of smoking, and lastly when smoking ceased for those who quit.
The study results showed that with smoking exposure for both current and former smokers, there were strong correlations of recurrence of disease, tumor progression into the advanced stage, and metastasis, in addition to overall mortality. The worst results came from smokers who were long-term.
For smokers who stopped smoking 10 years or more before diagnosis, there was a reduced risk of disease recurrence and progression, closely related to that of non-smokers.
Early Diagnosis and Treatment is Critical
At Comprehensive Urology, our Los Angeles urologists commonly see conditions such as bladder cancer. There are a number of health conditions that increase the risk of bladder cancer. Besides smoking, these can include bladder stones, chronic bladder infections, or carcinogenic chemicals exposure. It is crucial to familiarize yourself on any of the following signs if you are a risk for bladder cancer, because this might indicate a urologic disease.
Signs of Bladder Cancer
- Hematuria (Urine containing blood)
- Frequency of urination
- Urgency of urination
- Dysuria (Urinating with burning sensation)
Consult a highly experienced urologist immediately if you experience any of these signs. There are a variety of conditions you may have from these symptoms, so it is very important to obtain diagnostic tests to confirm bladder cancer. If detected earlier on in the stages, treatment for bladder cancer can be less invasive when compared to the more advanced stages of bladder cancer.
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At Comprehensive Urology, we have an expert team of surgeons specialized in treating and diagnosing urologic cancer. We have state-of-the-art facilities in Beverly Hills offering the most innovative equipment resulting in optimal outcomes and increased quality of life.
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