to make frequent trips to the bathroom, even if you haven't
been drinking that much, can be an early sign of bladder cancer
-- the fourth most common cancer among men.
If you haven't been drinking a lot of fluids, you may want
to start. According to a study in The New England Journal
of Medicine, adequate fluid intake may help prevent bladder
cancer. In this study, nearly 50,000 men were evaluated over
a 10-year period. Results showed that men who drank at least
six cups per day (of almost any fluid -- water, juices, tea,
coffee, soft drinks, etc.) had a 51% lower risk of bladder
cancer compared to men who drank only 1 cup per day.
Making sure you get enough fluids isn't as difficult as it
sounds, no matter how active or hectic your life gets. Simply
fill a plastic container or bottle (an average water bottle
holds 64 ounces, or 8 cups) every morning and bring it with
you wherever you go.
Michaud D, Speigelman D, Clinton S, et al. Fluid intake and
the risk of bladder cancer in men. The New England Journal
of Medicine, May 6 1999: Vol. 340, No. 18, pp1390-1397.