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.