Navigation Links
Firefighters May Face Higher Risk of Bladder Cancer
Date:5/19/2008

Long-term exposure to smoke, chemicals boosts odds, but routine screening could help

MONDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters may be at increased risk for bladder cancer and should be considered for routine annual screening, say University of California, San Francisco, researchers.

The team tested 1,286 active and retired San Francisco firefighters, whose mean age was 45, and found that 93 tested positive for blood in the urine (hematuria), and six tested positive for nuclear matrix protein 22 (NMP-22), which is released by bladder cancer cells. Those 99 patients were referred for upper tract imaging, cystoscopy and urine cytology.

Of those 99 patients, one tested positive for both NMP-22 and hematuria. Two of the patients -- both retired firefighters -- were diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The age- and sex-adjusted incidence for bladder cancer among the firefighters was 36 per 100,000, which is higher than that of the general population. The findings suggest that retired firefighters may be at high risk for bladder cancer, the researchers said.

They were expected to present their findings at a press conference Monday at the annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association, in Orlando, Fla.

It has long been known that prolonged exposure to certain environmental pollutants and chemicals increases the risk of bladder cancer, according to background information in a news release about the study.

As the body absorbs cancer-causing chemicals, they're transferred to the blood, filtered out by the kidneys, and expelled from the body in urine. High concentrations of chemicals in urine can damage the endothelial lining of the bladder and increase the risk of cancer.

Because firefighters are regularly exposed to smoke and chemical fumes, they may be at increased risk for bladder cancer. Currently, there are no guidelines for regular bladder cancer screening.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about bladder cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Urological Association, news release, May 19, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Fit to fight: $1 million grant to focus on firefighters health
2. MSAs Next-Generation Breathing Apparatus for Firefighters First to Receive Full NFPA Approval
3. Congressional Passage of Pool and Spa Safety Legislation Increases Need for Higher Education
4. Adopted Children at Slightly Higher Mental Health Risk
5. SDSU Study Reveals Eating at Friends and Familys Puts Kids at Higher Risk for Obesity
6. Young children hospitalized for flu associated with higher costs and higher risk illness
7. New CMS Medicare Rule Undercuts Ability of SNFs to Care for Higher Acuity Patients, as Intended by Law
8. Young Children Hospitalized for Flu Associated With Higher Costs and Higher Risk Illness
9. Cancer survivors who practice healthy habits have higher quality of life
10. African Americans have 5 times higher amputation rate
11. Higher Wealth Linked to Lower Risk of Early Stroke
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... ... Patients who want to receive cosmetic dentistry procedures such as Invisalign® or ... a consultation, with or without a referral. Dr. Bedich enjoys improving the appearance of ... Dr. Bedich offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services at his practice that are ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... reproductive tract in which the endometrial lining of the uterus spreads into ... pain. Patients experiencing painful intercourse, painful periods, pelvic pain, or irregular bleeding ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... the practice is offering holistic pediatric dentistry options for its patients on Long ... of the patient’s entire physical well being, and is one of the biggest ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Technique, technique, technique – with a dash of common sense. ... training and exercise or simply lifting heavy objects, advises Dr. Kaliq Chang, interventional pain ... Chang says. “Improper technique in lifting anything heavy or an attempt to lift too ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Allegheny Health Network ... The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at West Penn Hospital ... western Pennsylvania for women suffering from pregnancy-related depression. Construction of the Center is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... , May 10, 2017 Global Health Intelligence ... Latin America , published its 2017 ranking of ... is based on extensive data analysis from GHI,s hospitals ... hospitals database for the region. The GHI database covers 86% ... offering more than 130 data points for each institution in ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its ... board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and ... for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to ... order to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... the board is sending a clear message that ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... Texas , May 5, 2017   Provista , ... with more than 200,000 customers, today announced Jim Cunniff ... a wealth of executive and business experience to Provista, including ... compounding pharmacy in California . He assumed ... "Jim is a great fit for Provista," says ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: