Bladder cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer being found from approximately 73000 cases being diagnosed in the US. Each year around 15000 deaths occur due to this disease. This disease is most prevalent among men, but women can get it too. India, according to the recent reports of the National Cancer Registry Programme, the overall incidence rate of urinary bladder cancer is 2.25% (per 100,000 annually): 3.67% among males and 0.83% for females. On further research it is found that the basic cause of this disease is UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). February being the month where we have a day particularly being dedicated to create awareness about Cancer, this basic problem had to be brought into the light.
The infection caused in any part of the urinary system which is Kidney, Ureter, Bladder, Urethra is known as UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). It is caused due to the spread of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), usually found in the digestive system. Toilet seats can be the major source of this bacteria. Public toilets are most often used by many people and due to the unavailability of proper flushing systems the bacterias might still persist on the seat or around the pot. These bacterias might enter a person’s body through the renal system and can cause the disease. Also, it is caused due to the backsplash of toilet water.
There is no doubt that this infection is most common in women as bacteria can reach the bladder more easily in women. The urethra (the opening to your urinary tract) is shorter in women than in men, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel. But men can also get infected by the same. Hence it is necessary that preventive measures must be taken for both.
The common symptoms of UTI are
· Burning sensations while urinating.
· Increased frequency of urinating.
· The urgency to pass urine.
· Cloudy, dark, smelly and bloody urine.
Might be when you visit a doctor he might suggest various antibiotics for the same.You would be lucky enough if the problem gets solved, but what if it doesn’t? What if the problem persists again and again after prolonged treatment?
It could be signs about something else. UTIs that keep recurring could be a symptom of bladder cancer. Women are more prone than men to have UTIs. However, anyone making multiple trips to the doctor for treatment should recognize it as a potential sign of bladder cancer.
Statistics show that men are 4 times more likely to fall prey to bladder cancer. 90% of which are from the age category of above 55 years. Also it is the eighth most common cause of death.
The common symptoms of Bladder Cancer are
· Blood or blood clots in the urine.
· Pain or burning sensation during urination.
· Frequent urination.
· Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night.
· Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine.
· Lower back pain on one side of the body.
On comparing the symptoms of UTI and Bladder Cancer it is seen that most of them are the same. But cancer happens on a much later stage of UTI. It can be avoided if proper care and personal hygiene are maintained.
Prevention Of UTI
· Proper Hygiene should be maintained.
· Proper cleaning of private parts.
· Avoid holding urine for too long. Use washroom as soon as you feel like passing urine.
· Keep yourself very hydrated. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water.
· It is advisable to urinate and wash immediately after sexual intercourse.
· Toilet seats must be kept clean and also germs free with the help of toilet seat sanitizers and other hygiene products.
Most often we tend to get infected by a UTI when we use extremely dirty toilet or toilet seat that may look clean but are infected with bacteria. UTI being the first step towards Bladder Cancer, a person must be extremely aware while using public washrooms also. The only way to prevent this is by using toilet seat sanitizer. Solemé toilet seat sanitizer is a natural sanitizer and deodorizer which is designed to solve such problems faced. It is specially formulated to disinfect the toilet seat surface from germs and harmful bacteria. Save yourself from UTI and its after effects by using Solemé.