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Bladder Cancer Information

Bladder Cancer Information

  • Over 63,000 new cases per year in the United States; over a
         half million people in the U.S. have had the disease
  • worldwide it accounts for 330,000 new cases and 100,000 deaths each year
  • highest rate of recurrence of any cancer, including skin cancer; 50-90% recurrence within 6-12 months

  • 3 times higher incidence in men than women
  •  women have a higher mortality rate – the five year survival rate of women is less than the ten year survival rate of men
  •   women account for 1 in 4 new diagnoses, but they account for 1 in 3 bladder cancer deaths
  •        diagnosis in women may be delayed because symptoms are misinterpreted or attributed to other causes

  • firefighters are particularly “at-risk” –  2 times the incidence than the general population
  • According to the National Cancer Institute, the prevalence of bladder cancer in the U.S. has surpassed that of lung cancer and:
    • among U.S. males, there are almost as many new cases as colon cancer
    • among U.S. women, the prevalence of bladder cancer (140,000) is similar to the number of women with cervical (184,000) and ovarian (159,000) cancers.

  • most common risk factor is smoking.  Smokers are more than twice as likely to develop bladder cancer as nonsmokers. In the United States, smoking is estimated to be associated with about 50% of bladder cancer deaths among men and 30% among women.

  • occupational exposures to chemicals (aromatic amines) used in dry cleaning facilities and the production of dyes, paper, rope, apparel, rubber and petroleum products, combustion gases and soot from coal, chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons, and chlorination by-products in heated water have been associated with increased risk for bladder cancer  
  • most common symptom is blood in the urine, a condition referred to as hematuria 
  • when diagnosed in its early stages, a five-year survival rate of 94%
  • when diagnosed at an advanced stage, the five-year survival rate can be less than 10%
  • 25% of patients are diagnosed after the disease has become invasive or metastatic 
  • 2nd most common urologic malignancy in the United States
  • 5th most common cancer in the United States
  • 4th leading cause of cancer in men
  • Most common in men over 65 years
  • More than 13,000 deaths per year
For more information on Bladder Cancer, Awarenness, and Support, visit the Bladder Cancer WebCafe at: www.blcwebcafe.org.


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