Flushing Out Cancer

News Note

By Editorial Staff

Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, April/May 2000.

The more you drink, the better your chances of warding off bladder cancer, according to an article in American Journal of Nursing (Oct. 1999). Tracking 47,909 health professionals over a period of 10 years, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk for bladder cancer decreased as much as 7 percent for each additional one cup increase in daily fluid intake. It is speculated that frequency of urination and dilution of urine from increased consumption of fluids shortens the contact time between carcinogens and the bladder epithelium.