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 and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 74,000 adults (56,320 men and 17,680 women) will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States. It is estimated that 16,000 deaths (11,510 men and 4,490 women) from this disease will occur this year. Among men, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the eighth most common cause of cancer death.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. This rate depends on many factors, including the stage of bladder cancer that is diagnosed. The five-year survival rate of people with non-muscle-invasive/superficial urothelial carcinoma 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 five-year survival rate is 69%. If the cancer extends through the bladder to the surrounding tissue or has spread to nearby lymph nodes or organs, the five-year survival rate is 34%. If the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, the five-year survival rate is 6%.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with bladder cancer. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2015.

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