Smokers Know Tobacco Responsible for their Bladder Cancer, Study Discovers

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A Kaiser Permanante study surveyed bladder cancer patients and found that current and former smokers were aware of a connection between smoking and their disease.

More than half of bladder cancers in the U.S. are the result of smoking, and 90% of smokers with the disease are aware of the connection, according to a new study.

Bladder cancer

" is actually the second most common smoking-related cancer, second only to lung," said lead author Dr. Jeffrey C. Bassett of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Anaheim.


Although previous studies had suggested that few people understood the connection between bladder cancer and tobacco, this new study found the opposite, he said.

"Bladder cancer patients smoking at diagnosis appear to accept that their own smoking caused their cancer, positioning them for a more motivated (and more likely successful) attempt at quitting," Bassett said.

He and his team surveyed 1,198 men and women who had been diagnosed with bladder cancer between 2006 and 2009 in the California Cancer Registry about their smoking history, and 790 completed the survey.

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