Bladder cancer statistics


New cases of bladder cancer, 2011, UK


Deaths from bladder cancer, 2012, UK


Survive bladder cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales


Preventable cases of bladder cancer, UK

  • Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK.
  • Around 10,400 people were diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2011 in the UK, that’s 28 people every day.
  • Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in UK men, with around 7,500 new cases diagnosed in 2011.
  • In the UK, bladder cancer is the 13th most common cancer in women, with around 2,900 new cases diagnosed in 2011.
  • Bladder cancer incidence rates increased between the mid-1970s and early 1990s in the UK; since then they have decreased by 42% in males and 38% in females. Classification changes partly explain this drop.
  • Around half of all new cases of bladder cancer occur in people aged 75 and over.
  • Bladder cancer has poor staging completeness so it is not clear at which stage most cases are diagnosed.
  • In Europe, more than 151,000 new cases of bladder cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is the lowest in Europe for males and the 13th lowest for females.
  • Worldwide, an estimated 429,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

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  • Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
  • Around 5,200 people died from bladder cancer in 2012 in the UK, that's 14 people every day.
  • More than two thirds of bladder cancer deaths are in people aged 75 and over.
  • Since the early 1990s, bladder cancer death rates in the UK have decreased by more than a third for men and by around a quarter for women.
  • In Europe, around 52,400 people were estimated to have died from bladder cancer in 2012. The UK mortality rate is 10th lowest in Europe for males and eighth highest for females.
  • Worldwide around 165,100 people were estimated to have died from bladder cancer in 2012, with mortality rates varying across the world.

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  • Half of patients diagnosed with bladder cancer will survive their disease for at least ten years.
  • Bladder cancer survival has improved in the last forty years. Almost 6 in 10 men and more than 4 in 10 women diagnosed with bladder cancer survive their disease for at least five years after diagnosis.
  • Bladder cancer survival is higher for patients diagnosed at a younger age.

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  • 42% (44% in males and 37% in females) of bladder cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.
  • A person’s risk of developing bladder cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • Smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for bladder cancer, linked to an estimated 37% of bladder cancer cases in the UK.
  • An estimated 42% of bladder cancers in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including smoking, certain occupational exposures (6%), and ionising radiation (3%).
  • Coffee drinking may relate to higher bladder cancer risk.

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The latest statistics available for bladder cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011.

The ICD code Open a glossary item for bladder cancer is ICD-10 C67.

Bladder cancer statistics are difficult to interpret because of different and changing classification/coding practices affecting the definition of invasive carcinoma Open a glossary item of the bladder. Since the late nineties an increasing proportion of bladder tumours are now being coded as in situ Open a glossary item or uncertain.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages Open a glossary item and co-morbidities Open a glossary item.The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our patient information.

Stage at diagnosis data is not yet routinely available for the UK due to inconsistencies in the collecting and recording of staging data in the past.

Meta-analyses Open a glossary item and systematic reviews Open a glossary item are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort Open a glossary item studies are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

Routes to diagnosis statistics were calculated from cases of cancer registered in England which were diagnosed in 2006-2010.

Cancer waiting times statistics are for patients who entered the health care system within financial year 2014-15. Bladder cancer is part of the group 'Urological cancer' for cancer waiting times data. Codes vary per country but broadly include: penis, prostate, testis, other and unspecified male genital organs, kidney, renal pelvis, ureter, bladder, other and unspecified urinary organs, secondary cancers of kidney, renal pelvis, bladder and other unspecified urinary organs.


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