Bladder Cancer - Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2015

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year. You will also learn some general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 76,960 adults (58,950 men and 18,010 women) will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States. Among men, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer.

 It is estimated that 16,390 deaths (11,820 men and 4,570 women) from this disease will occur this year. Among men, bladder cancer is eighth most common cause of cancer death.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The general 5-year survival rate for people with bladder cancer is 77%. The 10-year survival rate is 70% and the 15-year survival rate is 65%.

However, survival rates depend on many factors, including the type and stage of bladder cancer that is diagnosed. For people diagnosed with non-muscle-invasive/superficial urothelial carcinoma of the bladder, the 5-year survival rate is 96%. About half of people are diagnosed with this stage. If the tumor is invasive but has not yet spread outside the bladder, the 5-year survival rate is 70%. If the cancer extends through the bladder to the surrounding tissue or has spread to nearby lymph nodes or organs, the 5-year survival rate is 34%. If the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 5%.

It is important to remember that statistics on how many people survive this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on thousands of people with this cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long anyone will live with bladder cancer. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2016.

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