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Key Statistics for Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer makes up about 4% of cancers in the US. It is the fourth most common cancer in men, but it's less common in women.

How many people get bladder cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for bladder cancer in the United States for 2024 are:

  • About 83,190 new cases of bladder cancer (about 63,070 in men and 20,120 in women)
  • About 16,840 deaths from bladder cancer (about 12,290 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.

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 with bladder cancer 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 89. However, each person’s chances of getting bladder cancer might be higher or lower than this, depending on their 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 when it is first found.

To learn about survival statistics, see 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 editors and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2024. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2024.

National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: Bladder Cancer. 2023. Accessed at on October 9, 2023.

National Cancer Institute. SEER*Explorer: An interactive website for SEER cancer statistics [Internet]; 2023 Apr 19. [updated: 2023 Jun 8; cited 2023 Oct 9]. Accessed at on October 9, 2023. 

Last Revised: March 12, 2024

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