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Bladder Cancer Statistics

Some people find statistics on bladder cancer helpful in understanding their risk for the disease or when making decisions about treatment options. For example, the overall five-year relative survival rate from 1995 to 2001 was 81.8 percent. In addition, approximately 1 in 44 men and women born today will be diagnosed with bladder cancer at some point during their lifetime.

An Introduction to Bladder Cancer Statistics

The American Cancer Society estimated that 63,210 men and women (47,010 men and 16,200 women) would be diagnosed with bladder cancer, and 13,180 men and women would die of bladder cancer in 2005.
 

Statistics on Bladder Cancer Diagnoses

From 1998 to 2002, the median age at diagnosis was 63. The percentages of people diagnosed with bladder cancer based on age were:
 
  • 0.1 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 0.6 percent between 20 and 34
  • 2.4 percent between 35 and 44
  • 8.0 percent between 45 and 54
  • 16.8 percent between 55 and 64
  • 28.8 percent between 65 and 74
  • 32.0 percent between 75 and 84
  • 11.4 percent 85+ years of age.
     

Bladder Cancer Statistics on Mortality

From 1998 to 2002, the median age at death from bladder cancer was 78. The percentages of people who died from the disease based on age were:
 
  • 0.0 percent died under age 20
  • 0.1 percent between 20 and 34
  • 0.9 percent between 35 and 44
  • 3.8 percent between 45 and 54
  • 10.3 percent between 55 and 64
  • 23.8 percent between 65 and 74
  • 36.8 percent between 75 and 84
  • 24.3 percent 85+ years of age.
     
The age-adjusted bladder cancer death rate was 4.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are based on patients who died from 1998 to 2002 in the United States. Bladder cancer mortality rates by race are outlined in the following table.
 
Race/Ethnicity
Men
Women
All Races
7.6 per 100,000 men
2.3 per 100,000 women
Caucasian
7.9 per 100,000 men
2.3 per 100,000 women
African American
5.5 per 100,000 men
2.9 per 100,000 women
Asian/Pacific Islander
3.0 per 100,000 men
1.0 per 100,000 women
American Indian/Alaska Native
2.6 per 100,000 men
1.0 per 100,000 women
Hispanic
4.1 per 100,000 men
1.3 per 100,000 women
  
 

Bladder Cancer Information

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