What is the US prevalence of bladder cancer?

Updated: Nov 27, 2016
  • Author: Michael Christopher Large, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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United States

  • More than 90% of bladder cancers are TCC.

  • Bladder cancer diagnoses increased by 36% from 1984-1993.

  • In the United States, up to 600,000 people have bladder cancer. In 2008, an estimated 68,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed, and 14,000 persons died of the disease. [3]

  • In 2008, the male-to-female incidence ratio was 2.9:1, and the male-to-female mortality ratio is 2.4:1. [3]

  • Bladder cancer is more common in whites than in African Americans.

  • The average age at diagnosis is 65 years.

  • Screening of asymptomatic individuals is not currently recommended.

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