According to the data obtained from the Bladder Cancer Database Project of the Turkish Urooncology Association, that tobacco use is effective in the simultaneous formation of bladder and lung cancers. reported.
According to the joint statement of Turkish Urooncology Association and Turkish Lung Cancer Society, there are many cancers and diseases associated with cigarette smoking, which is a common problem in Turkey as well as worldwide. One of the most striking organs among these is the bladder.
Bladder cancer is quite common in society, and according to current data, it is the 6th most common cancer in Turkey and the 10th among cancer-related deaths.
A study was conducted using data from the Bladder Tumor Database, which was established within the Turkish Urology Association with the support of AstraZeneca Turkey and developed with the contribution of main Turkish centers on urological cancers. In the study, the relationship between smoking and the development of bladder cancer in Turkey, the relationship between the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer in smokers and the development of lung cancer were examined on a scientific.
In accordance with the data obtained, the effect of smoking on the simultaneous formation of bladder and lung cancers was determined.
In the study, the information of 2,568 patients registered in the Bladder Cancer Database of the Turkish Urology Association was evaluated. 2.1% of patients with bladder cancer also had lung cancer, 9.9% had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.5% had both lung cancer and COPD . It was understood that 50.3% of bladder cancer patients and 81.2% of bladder and lung cancer patients smoked.
On the other hand, it has been indicated that smokers are more likely to undergo surgery requiring the complete removal of their bladder due to bladder cancer, and that the risk of complications increases after surgery. It was pointed out that the risk of disease recurrence, progression, spread to other organs and death was higher when following up these patients. It is also part of the findings that bladder cancer is more advanced and fatal in people who have both bladder and lung cancer and who continue to smoke.
Chairman of the Board of Turkish Lung Cancer Association Prof. Dr. Atila Akkoçlu said that 20 million people smoked in Turkey in 2021, and the highest rate was in the 35-44 age group.
Expressing that the smoking rate is 53% among men and 24% among women, Akkoçlu stressed the importance for smokers to do their exams on time.
Expressing that tobacco use is the most important risk factor for bladder cancer and increases the risk of developing bladder cancer by 3 to 4 times, the chairman of the board of directors of the Turkish Association of urooncology, Professor. Dr. Güven Aslan said that the risk is related to the duration of tobacco consumption and the number of cigarettes smoked daily.