Whole-Plant Cannabis Use Associated with Decreased Likelihood of Developing Bladder Cancer

A survey/chart study published in The Journal of Urology in February 2015 found that whole-plant cannabis use is associated with a decreased likelihood of developing bladder cancer.

What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is caused by an overproliferation of abnormal cells of the bladder (an organ in the body that collects urine). Tumors can press on or block surrounding structures or spaces, causing dysfunction in normal body processes, and in later stages, cancerous cells can metastasize (i.e. invade distant organs), potentially causing extensive damage and, if uncontrolled, death.

Nine out of ten individuals who develop bladder cancer are over the age of 55. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States in 2015, approximately 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed (56,320 males and 17,680 females) and there will be approximately 16,000 deaths resulting from bladder cancer (11,510 males, 4,490 females).

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