Actos Bladder Cancer Causes
Although doctors can't explain why some people get bladder cancer and others don't, they do know that people with certain risk factors are more likely to get it.
For example, anyone who has taken medicines containing Actos to control high blood sugar may have an increased bladder cancer risk. This Actos-bladder cancer connection is the subject of a 10-year study that concludes later in 2012. (See FDA warning.)
But there are other risks associated with bladder cancer, including:
Smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to get bladder cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health. Researchers suspect that although cigarette tar and nicotine levels have been reduced, the numbers of carcinogens have not.
Occupational exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Workers in certain jobs have higher rates of bladder cancer, including those in the dye, rubber, textile, chemical, painting, printing and leather industries. The NIH reports that occupational exposure accounts for one in four bladder cancers.
Personal history. Anyone who has already had bladder cancer has a recurrence rate of from 40 percent to 80 percent, depending on how deeply their cancer is embedded and how aggressively it is growing, government statistics show.
Family history. If an immediate family member had bladder cancer, you have a slightly higher risk of getting it.
Previous cancer treatments. Taking the cancer treatment Cyclophosphamide or having radiation treatment near the bladder could increase your bladder cancer risk.
Bladder infections. Chronic bladder infections as well as kidney and bladder stones are believed to cause chronic inflammation that can lead to bladder cancer.
Age. Government statistics show that nearly 70 percent of people with bladder cancer today are between the ages of 60 and 79 years old.
Race. White men and women make up 93 percent of all people with bladder cancer. A white man is twice as likely as either a black or Hispanic man to get bladder cancer.
Sex. A man is four times more likely to get bladder cancer than a woman, government statistics show.
If you feel you're at risk for bladder cancer because you're a type 2 diabetic who has been taking Actos to control your blood sugar, why not fill our free case evaluation form now. You'll have the peace of mind from knowing you've explored all your legal and medical options.