Bladder Cancer Statistics

  • In the United States there were approximately 535,000 men and women alive who had a history of cancer of the urinary bladder -- 395,000 men and 140,000 women.

  • It is the 5th most common cancer over all. It is the 4th most common in men and the 8th most common in woman

  • It is estimated that yearly there will be over 70,000 new cases and over 14,000 deaths.

  • A man has a 1 in 27 and a woman a 1 in 86 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

  • Upon Presentation with  Bladder Cancer

55-60% of patients have low grade non-invasive disease

40-45% have high grade disease, of which 50% is muscle invasive

  • The bladder cancer male-to-female ratio is 3:1.

  • Bladder Cancer occurs in more women each year than cervical cancer.

  • Women often have delayed diagnosis due to bladder cancer being mistaken for common gynecological problems.

  • Usually, when most patients are first diagnosed with bladder cancer, their cancer is confined to the bladder (74%).

  • In 19% of the cases, the cancer has spread to nearby tissues outside the bladder

  • In 3% it has spread to distant sites.

  • Upon presentation with bladder cancer 55-60% of patients have low-grade non invasive disease

  • Forty to forty-five percent of patients have high-grade disease, of which 50% is muscle invasive
  • Whites are more likely to get bladder cancer than whites but blacks are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage.

  • The recurrence rate for superficial transitional cell cancer of the bladder is high and as many as 80% of patients have at least one recurrence.

  • Of urothelial tumors, more than 90% are transitional cell carcinomas.

  • Up to 5% of bladder cancers are squamous cell in origin

  • 2% are adenocarcinomas

  • Rhabdomyosarcomas most commonly occur in children
  • Nonurothelial primary bladder tumors are extremely rare and may include small cell carcinoma, carcinosarcoma, primary lymphoma, and sarcoma.

Further Reading Links

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From the National Cancer Institute

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From the American Cancer Society

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