FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2008
Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA
AUA 2008: RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS COULD BE AT INCREASED RISK FOR DEVELOPING BLADDER CANCER
ORLANDO, FL, May 19, 2008—A new study presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) suggests that firefighters may be at an increased risk of developing transitional cell carcinoma (TCC, or bladder cancer) and should be considered for routine annual screening. Currently, no guidelines exist for regular TCC screening.
Researchers from the
It is well known that prolonged exposure to certain environmental pollutants and chemicals puts humans at a major risk for developing bladder cancer. As the body absorbs carcinogenic chemicals, such as cigarette smoke, the chemicals are transferred to the blood, filtered out by the kidneys and expelled from the body through the urine. Greater concentrations of chemicals in the urine can damage the endothelial lining of the bladder and increase a patient’s odds of developing transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Firefighters, who are regularly exposed to smoke and chemical fumes, may be at a higher risk for developing the disease than other groups.
Researchers explored this possibility in a screening study of 1,286 active and retired
The age and sex-adjusted incidence for TCC is 36 per 100,000. These findings represent a higher incidence, suggesting that retired firefighters may be a high-risk group.
In addition to the author, Anthony Y. Smith, M.D., a spokesman for the AUA, will be on hand to provide expert commentary on the study.
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Greene KL, Konety BR, Stoller ML: Results from the
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