Can Cancer be caused by Foley Catheters?
My doctor says that Foley catheters cause cancer. Is that true?
Chronic use of a Foley catheter, or any catheter, can lead to urinary tract infections or other infections within the bladder, as well as bladder stones. The catheter can work as an inlet for bacteria to enter the bladder and cause damage. When an infection or stones occur, this leads to inflammation and irritation. If this persists over time, inflammatory changes can lead to pre-cancerous changes and the potential for cancer. For this reason, it is important to follow the correct timeline for catheter use and to follow proper cleaning procedures.
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