As most are well aware, smoking cigarettes can cause chronic health conditions such as cancer, with lung cancer often standing out as the most well known.
Smoking and urological wellbeing
The toxic chemicals in cigarettes can and most certainly will harm almost every organ in the body, including the urinary system and reproductive organs. While quitting smoking is very important for your overall health, it is especially important for your urological wellbeing, in particular for preventing urological cancers. Let’s take a look at some of the urological cancers which can be caused by smoking.
Smokers have triple the risk of developing bladder cancer compared to nonsmokers. Furthermore, about 50% of bladder cancer in men and 20% in women can be attributable to smoking. When cigarette smoke is inhaled, around 60 different carcinogens are taken into the body, many of which have been observed in the urine of smokers. When a chronic smoker quits, the risk of bladder cancer drops dramatically and continues to fall for up to 25 years.
Testicular cancer develops in the testicle, caused by the abnormal growth of cells. This can occur in one or both testicles. Men under the age of 45 are more likely to develop the disease. Studies show a close link between smoking cigarettes and testicular cancer. One recent study directly links smoking marijuana with testicular cancer.
Kidney cancer develops when abnormal cells in the kidney start to mutate and grow uncontrollably and more rapidly than normal cells. The most prevalent risks for developing kidney cancer are lifestyle-related, with smoking being a major one, particularly prolonged smoking.
Prostate cancer is typically a very slow-growing disease, and will not present any symptoms until it is at an advanced stage. And while the exact cause of prostate cancer is elusive, exposure to toxins such as those in cigarette smoke is a key factor. Studies have shown that smoking contributes to inflammation of the prostate, increasing the risk developing cancer.
Other urological conditions
While smoking causes urological cancer, it can cause a number of other harmful conditions. These include:
Smoking has been connected to a number of urological issues and in particular, can have a devastating impact on your health and wellbeing. We will always say that quitting smoking is always the healthiest option. There are a number of resources you can use to get started included the NSW iCanQuit community.
It is important to talk to a trusted professional when it comes to your health. If you have any questions about kidney health, or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact or call Dr Arianayagam’s office on 1300 307 990 and his staff will be able to assist.
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