|Posted on July 9, 2019 at 3:15 AM|
It is a known fact that smoking has dangerous repercussions on our body. It significantly increases the risk of many harmful conditions, aside from exacerbating their severity as well as having a negative impact on the treatment. Not surprisingly, smoking is also a major contributing factor for bladder cancer. This includes not just cigarettes, but also e-cigarettes, hookahs and smokeless tobacco. Here are some urologic conditions that are affected by smoking:
Kidney Cancer: Studies have shown smoking to be a risk factor for renal cell carcinoma, otherwise known as kidney cancer. The smoke gets drawn into the lungs, from where it makes its way through the bloodstream into the kidneys. This poses a formidable obstruction to an effective kidney treatment programme in the event of such an eventuality.
Erectile Dysfunction: Smoking damages the blood vessels and therefore adversely affects the blood supply to the penis resulting in an inability to get and/or maintain a firm erection for sexual intercourse.
Bladder Cancer: Due to the accumulation of harmful chemicals and drugs in the urine as a result of smoking, they affect the lining of the bladder and hence increases the risk of this disease. The risk is also dictated by the smoking quantity, duration of exposure and second hand smoke exposure.
Infertility: Tobacco and other sources of smoking not only causes a wide range of urologic diseases and cancers, but also has a marked bearing on infertility. Exposure to the toxic smoke impacts the genetic makeup of the sperm and the eggs, affects the production and regulation of hormones and creates an in conducive environment in the uterus, all of which combine to lead to infertility. Besides, it also increases the risk of a miscarriage and the chances of birth defects in the new born. Therefore, urologists are of the unanimous opinion that smoking is a habit that is best avoided by those looking to have a child.
Incontinence: Due to disruptions in the bladder, smokers may experience leaking urine and overactive bladder, which leads to frequent urination.
Aside from the preventive measure of quitting smoking altogether, there are some treatment options available to treat urological cancers once it has set in. One of the specialties that NU Hospitals is renowned for is urology and infertility treatment, thanks to its fine team of urology specialists in Bangalore, who run a battery of tests to diagnose and treat such conditions effectively.