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Health Effects of Smoking on the Bladder

Your bladder is a muscular, balloon-shaped organ located in your pelvis. It stores urine that your kidneys produce during the process of filtering your blood. Like a balloon, the bladder can get larger or smaller depending on the amount of urine it holds. Urine passes from each kidney to your bladder through a thin tube called a ureter and is eliminated from your body through another narrow tube, the urethra. Like other organs in your body, cancerous cells can sometimes form in the bladder and spread throughout the body.

The Health Effects of Smoking on the Bladder

Smoking causes bladder cancer.

In 2003, an estimated 57,400 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in the United States, and an estimated 12,500 people died from the disease.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

The risk of bladder cancer is cut in half a few years after quitting completely.

Source: Surgeon General's 2004 Report

Health Effects of Smoking on the Body

What Smoking Does to the Brain - Smoking has physical and psychological effects on the brain.

Smoking Affects the Eyes - Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts.

Mouth, Throat Larynx, Esophagus - Are all effected by smoking and secondhand smoke.

Smoking Damages the Lungs - Smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.

Smoking Damages the Heart - Smoking damages the heart and weakens the blood vessels.

How Smoking Affects the Stomach - Smoking causes stomach cancer.

Smoking and the Kidneys - Smoking also causes kidney cancer.

Smoking Damages your Bladder - Smoking is also cause cancer of the bladder.

Smoking and the Pancreas - Smoking causes pancreatic cancer.

Smoking and Pregnancy - Smoking harms both the mother and the unborn child.
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