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How does cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer? If yes, then how often?

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Dr. Terence Chapman
Urology - Oncology

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Perhaps a better way to answer is that approximately 50% of bladder cancers are thought to be caused by smoking.
It is far more difficult to assign an absolute risk of cancer development in a given smoker.

In brief: See answer

Perhaps a better way to answer is that approximately 50% of bladder cancers are thought to be caused by smoking.
It is far more difficult to assign an absolute risk of cancer development in a given smoker.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Dr. Terence Chapman
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Dr. Terence Chapman
Urology - Oncology

In brief: Urinary toxins

Toxic byproducts of smoking are made "water soluble" as part of the detoxification process by the liver. Over time, repeated exposure of the bladder lining (as well as lining of the kidneys and ureters) to these chemicals induces changes in the genetic material of the cells and can result in cancerous changes.
Most cancers arise in the bladder as this is the most exposed vs. Kidney or ureter.

In brief: Urinary toxins

Toxic byproducts of smoking are made "water soluble" as part of the detoxification process by the liver. Over time, repeated exposure of the bladder lining (as well as lining of the kidneys and ureters) to these chemicals induces changes in the genetic material of the cells and can result in cancerous changes.
Most cancers arise in the bladder as this is the most exposed vs. Kidney or ureter.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Dr. Terence Chapman
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