There is a lack of knowledge in the general population about bladder cancer. In spite of its prevalence and probably because it involves parts of the body and functions that are not “discussed,” many people are unaware of the following facts:
The American Cancer Society estimates about 81,400 new cases of bladder cancer (about 62,100 in men and 19,300 in women) in 2020.
The 2020 expectation is for about 17,980 deaths from bladder cancer (about 13,050 in men and 4,930 in women)
Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer in men and the 6th most common overall in the US.
Women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage than men because the symptoms are often similar to common gynecological issues.
Whites are more likely to get bladder cancer than African Americans, but African Americans are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
In 2017, there were an estimated 712,614 people living with bladder cancer in the United States.
The five-year survival rate for bladder cancer patients is about 77%.
Because it tends to recur, patients with bladder cancer need to be closely monitored. This has resulted in bladder cancer being one of the most expensive cancers.
90% of patients diagnosed with bladder cancer are 55 years of age or older; the average age at diagnosis is 73.