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Your bladder is one of those body parts that you don’t think about until you notice something is wrong.
Maybe you noticed you have pain while urinating, you leak urine during certain activities, or you’ve been taking more frequent trips to the bathroom. You rush to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Instead of waiting for issues like urinary incontinence or a urinary tract infection (UTI) to creep up on you, take these steps daily to help prevent bladder problems before they start:
You can also reduce your risk for bladder cancer by keeping your bladder healthy. Although some risk factors such as age, gender, race or family history can’t be controlled, you can keep your bladder in tip-top shape by making smart lifestyle choices. Follow good work safety practices if you work in an industry that makes rubber, leather, printing materials, textiles and paint products, where you’re exposed to chemicals that may be associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer.
Bladder cancer symptoms are almost identical to those of a bladder infection. Because they share many related symptoms, the most important thing for you to do is keep track of how you are feeling.
If you continue to have bladder control problems, especially if you notice blood in your urine, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can discuss ways to improve bladder control and prevent problems.
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