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Bladder Cancer Survival Rate

Overall Bladder Cancer Survival Rate

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The bladder cancer survival rate presented here is based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of bladder cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall 5-year relative bladder cancer survival rate for 1995 to 2001 was 81.8 percent. The 5-year relative bladder cancer survival rates by race and sex were:
 
  • 84.3 percent for Caucasian men
  • 78.6 percent for Caucasian women
  • 69.7 percent for African American men
  • 53.9 percent for African American women.
     

Bladder Cancer Survival Rate: Based on Stage

The stage of bladder cancer (see Bladder Cancer Staging) plays a role in the bladder cancer survival rate. Based on historical data:
 
  • 75 percent of urinary bladder cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
     
  • 19 percent of urinary bladder cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
     
  • 3 percent of urinary bladder cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
     
  • 3 percent of urinary bladder cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
     
The corresponding 5-year relative bladder cancer survival rates were:
 
  • 94.2 percent for localized
  • 48.4 percent for regional
  • 6.2 percent for distant
  • 61.1 percent for unstaged.
     
(Click Bladder Cancer Statistics for more statistics on bladder cancer.)
 
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