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Fluid Intake May Reduce Bladder Cancer in Men

More than 300,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 1996, making it the fourth most common cancer among men. Despite its prevalence, the cause of bladder cancer is not fully understood, which prompted this 10-year study involving 47,909 cancer-free men.

The potential relationship between total fluid intake and risk of bladder cancer was evaluated by way of a 131-item food frequency questionnaire (given to subjects in 1986, 1990, and 1994) that included 22 beverage items.

Results: A total of 252 cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed over the 10-year study period. Analysis of the food
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frequency questionnaires revealed that fluid intake of at least 1440 ml (6 cups per day) was associated with a 51% reduction in bladder cancer risk compared with the risk among men who consumed less than 240 ml (1 cup) per day. Interestingly, these trends were maintained regardless of the type of fluid intake (water, juice, coffee, tea, alcohol, soft drinks, etc.) and after controlling for potential risk factors (age, smoking).

Chiropractors should share these results with their patients and encourage adequate daily fluid intake (especially water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices) as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Michaud D, Speigelman D, Clinton S, et al. Fluid intake and the risk of bladder cancer in men. The New England Journal of Medicine, May 6, 1999:340(18), pp1390-1397.

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