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David Kinnear: How Can Water Conservation Prevent Bladder Cancer?


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In this presentation, David Kinnear examines the role of water in cancer prevention. Using research on the subject, David Kinnear discusses how bladder cancer is linked to drinking water and why keeping water clean is extremely important for individuals. David Kinnear also addresses how we can reduce waste and conserve as much water as possible for the planet.

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David Kinnear: How Can Water Conservation Prevent Bladder Cancer?

  2. 2. In the discussion of cancer prevention, one overlooked yet important factor is water. We’ve heard that limiting alcohol and tobacco intake can help reduce the risk of cancer. Common sense will tell you that too much exposure to sunlight, obesity, and unhealthy sexual activity are potential contributing factors. And everyone knows that regular physical exercise and a balanced diet are some of the most robust risk reduction measures.
  3. 3. However, we rarely bring up water in this discussion and its role in helping to reduce cancer, especially bladder cancer. Often times, we miss a very important question: How much do we expose ourselves to bladder cancer by not consuming sufficient amounts of  water? Studies conducted on the subject shed light on the big role that drinking enough clean water plays in helping reduce the risk.
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  5. 5. Research on the effects of fluids on bladder cancer has found that the greater the intake of fluids, the lower the risk of cancer. The change is even more significant if the fluid in question is water. A decade-long study involving almost 48,000 participants found that there’s a significant relationship between the total amount of fluid intake and risk of bladder cancer.
  6. 6. Researchers found that a mere 240 ml increase in daily fluid intake resulted in up to 7% decrease in the risk of bladder cancer. When compared, participants in the category with the highest amount of fluid intake ended up with up to 49% lower risk of blood cancer than those with the lowest daily fluid intake.
  7. 7. The results of the study showed that highly concentrated urine and infrequent urination expose the lining of the urinary tract to carcinogens. This hastens the development of cancer- causing cells. Staying hydrated helps you to not only dilute your urine but also to increase the frequency of urination, preventing the buildup of these cancer-causing cells.
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  9. 9. A leading cause of bladder cancer is the exposure to heavy metals and other contaminants. One of the most common contaminants in water linked to bladder cancer is arsenic. This is a metalloid naturally occurring in air, water and soil and can be found in either organic or inorganic states. While the organic form is considered non-toxic, the inorganic form is considered highly toxic.
  10. 10. Different regions of the world have different concentrations of arsenic. For instance, in countries like India, China, Bangladesh and Hungary, arsenic is highly concentrated in the surface soil and the groundwater. Higher concentrations of arsenic result in greater risk for cancer, especially if the amount of arsenic exceeds 300 µg. For smokers, even lower amounts of arsenic provide high risk.
  11. 11. In addition to arsenic, high concentration of nitrates in drinking water can increase the risk of bladder cancer. These concentrations (nitrates and arsenic) are usually regulated by cities and municipal townships but may occasionally be found in dangerous levels in tap water. Yet, people who live in rural areas and get their water from a private well are at a higher risk of bladder cancer. To prevent this, use water filtration systems.
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  13. 13. At home, take measures to ensure that everyone is drinking safe water and any other fluids, including those found in food. Also, reduce water wastage and reuse whenever possible. As we expect 1 billion more mouths to feed by 2025 and 1.8 billion people living with “absolute water scarcity”, the time for water conservation is now.   Your bladder will thank you.
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