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Key Statistics for Bladder Cancer

How common is bladder cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for bladder cancer in the United States for 2023 are:

  • About 82,290 new cases of bladder cancer (about 62,420 in men and 19,870 in women)
  • About 16,710 deaths from bladder cancer (about 12,160 in men and 4,550 in women)

The rates of both new bladder cancers and deaths from bladder cancer have been dropping in recent years.

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men, but it's less common in women.

Risk of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer occurs mainly in older people. About 9 out of 10 people with this cancer are over the age of 55. The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 73.

Overall, the chance men will develop this cancer during their lifetime is about 1 in 28. For women, the chance is about 1 in 91. But each person’s chances of getting bladder cancer can be affected by certain risk factors.

Extent of cancer at the time of diagnosis

About half of all bladder cancers are first found while the cancer is still only in the inner layer of the bladder wall. (These are non-invasive or in situ cancers.) About 1 in 3 bladder cancers have spread into deeper layers of the bladder wall but are still only in the bladder. In most of the remaining cases, the cancer has spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes outside the bladder. Rarely (in about 5% of cases), it has spread to distant parts of the body.

Survival statistics are discussed in Survival Rates for Bladder Cancer.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2023. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2023.

Cancer Stat Facts: Bladder Cancer. 2022. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Accessed at on January 13, 2013.

Last Revised: January 13, 2023