The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 75,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed this year. Approximately, 15,580 of those who develop bladder cancer will die of their disease.
Over a half million bladder cancer survivors are living in the United States now. About 90 percent of those with bladder cancer are over 55 years of age, though the average age of diagnosis is 73.
Men are up to four times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women are. One in 26 men will develop bladder cancer in their lifetime, while only one in 90 women will be diagnosed with the disease. Approximately half of those diagnosed with bladder cancer will be diagnosed during the early stages. 35 percent of bladder cancer patients get an invasive cancer diagnosis while the remaining cases have cancer that has spread outside of the bladder.
If caught early, up to 98 percent of people diagnosed with bladder cancer will survive. Those with stage IV cancer have about a 15 percent chance of survival.
What is Bladder Cancer?
Bladder cancer begins in the bladder, where abnormal cells grow in mass to form cancer tumors. Most cancers begin in the lining of the bladder, though any part of the bladder is susceptible to cancer growth. Most cases do involve the elderly, but there are rare cases where young people develop bladder cancer.
Because bladder cancer can cause discomfort, most cases are detected and treated in the early stages. This type of cancer is highly treatable, but there is a high recurrence rate. Regular checkups are advised for anyone who has beaten bladder cancer.
One or more forms of chemotherapy may be used to treat bladder cancer, as is immunotherapy, and surgery to remove the tumor or part/all of the bladder. Radiation is rarely used to treat bladder cancer.