How to Reduce Your Risk of Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancerEvery year, 60,000 people in the United States are stricken with bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in American men and the eighth most common cancer in American women.

As part of the body’s excretory system, the bladder stores urine prior to urination. The lining of the bladder is the urothelium. When the cells of the lining propogate out of control, the result is bladder cancer.

The signs of you may be developing bladder cancer include blood in the urine; dark brown, yellow or bright red colored urine; frequent urination; pain during urination; back or pelvic pain.

Include these foods in your diet to lower your risk of developing bladder cancer, or to slow development of the disease.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in vitamin E (alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol), and regular consumption of these forms of vitamin E, along with proper diet, can reduce your risk of bladder cancer by 42 percent.

Spinach also contains lutein, an active anti-cancer agent.

Tomato

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against many cancers. Taken daily, lycopene reduces the risk of urinary tract infections as well as bladder cancer.

Parsley

Parsley contains chemicals called flavonoids, polyacetylenes and monoterpenes, which delay and combat cancer. These substances have a strong impact on bladder cancer. You can use both the root and the top of parsley. The recommended daily consumption is 30 grams.

Grapefruit or Orange Juice

Citrus fruits contain limonene, which is known to block tumor growth. Eat the fruits, or drink the juices, fresh every day.