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Yet Another Reason to Treat Well Water

A Potential Link between Well Water Contaminants & Bladder Cancer
 
Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have discovered that people drinking well water may be at an increased risk of bladder cancer. The research team believes that this elevated bladder cancer risk may stem specifically from pesticide contamination in the well water. Another variable, solar UV radiation, is a predictor of bladder cancer in men; for women, both solar radiation and smoking are the best predictors.
 
The study compared bladder cancer incidence and mortality rates for men and women in the United States to levels of former cigarette smoking, solar UV radiation, and well water as a source of drinking, as opposed to public supply (www.auanet.org). Lack of health insurance and median family income were taken into account to adjust for access to healthcare and socioeconomic status.
 
The study reaffirmed that cigarette smoking is directly associated with bladder cancer incidence and mortality rates in men and women, and found that well water drinking is directly associated with bladder cancer incidence in women and mortality rates in both sexes; and that exposure to solar UV radiation is inversely associated with bladder cancer incidence and mortality rates in both sexes.
 
"Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor associated with bladder cancer, but sources such as the patient's water supply are coming to light as potential unmonitored risk factors," said J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, an American Urological Association spokesman. More research needs to be done to confirm specifically what contaminants in domestic well supplies could be responsible.

By Chris Navarro
Get Water Treatment Jobs, Contributing Editor

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