Bladder Cancer Statistics
Bladder Cancer Statistics and Other Facts
- Bladder cancer is also known as Urinary Bladder Cancer.
- In the United States there are approximately 587,000 men and women alive who have a history of cancer of the urinary bladder -- 419,000 men and 144,000 women.
- 5% of all cancers are bladder cancer.
- Men are more likely to have bladder cancer than women. It is the 4th most common cancer in men.
- It is estimated that yearly there will be approximately 76,000 new cases and 16,000 deaths.
- A man has a 1 in 26 and a woman a 1 in 88 chance of getting bladder cancer in their lifetime.
- Age is a factor in bladder cancer. A high percentage of people who have bladder cancer are over 55; however, it can occur at any age.
- As many American women will die of bladder cancer this year as from cervical cancer.
- Women often have delayed diagnoses because bladder cancer symptoms are often mistaken for common gynecological problems.
- Whites are more likely to get bladder cancer than African Americans, but African Americans are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
- The recurrence rate for superficial transitional cell cancer of the bladder is high and over 50% of patients have at least one recurrence within five years. Adhering to an appropriate checkup schedule is key to managing noninvasive disease.
- Of urothelial tumors, more than 90% are transitional cell carcinomas.
- Up to 5% of bladder cancers are squamous cell in origin.
- 1-2% are adenocarcinomas.
- Rhabdomyosarcomas most commonly occur in children.
- Nonurothelial primary bladder tumors are rare and may include small cell carcinoma, carcinosarcoma, primary lymphoma, and sarcoma.