What is the prevalence of bladder cancer?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Bladder cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States, representing 4.4% of all new cancer cases. Based on the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Cancer Statistics Review, an estimated 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2013 and 15,210 persons were estimated to die from the disease.

Currently, the overall male-to-female patient ratio is approximately 4:1.

The ratio of bladder cancer in white Americans compared with African Americans is 1.5-2.1:1.

The median age of patients is 73 years at time of diagnosis, with incidence and mortality per pathologic grade increasing as a function of age.

Since 1950, the incidence of bladder cancer has increased by 50%, but the overall mortality rate (primarily in men) has decreased by 33%. More than 560,000 people in the United States are currently living with bladder cancer.

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