Bladder Cancer Survival Rate: An Introduction
The bladder cancer
survival rate indicates the percentage of people with a certain type and stage of bladder cancer who survive the disease for a specific period of time after their diagnosis. In most cases, statistics refer to the 5-year bladder cancer survival rate. The 5-year bladder cancer survival rate is the percentage of people who are alive 5 years after a bladder cancer diagnosis
, whether they have few or no signs or symptoms of bladder cancer, are free of disease, or are having treatment for bladder cancer. The bladder cancer survival rate is based on large groups of people, and it cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient. No two patients are exactly alike, and bladder cancer treatment
and responses to treatment vary greatly.
Factors Influencing the Bladder Cancer Survival Rate
In general, the bladder cancer survival rate will depend on:
- The stage of bladder cancer (bladder cancer in the early stages can often be cured)
- The type of bladder cancer cells and how they look under a microscope
- The patient's age and general health.
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.