Bladder cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of bladder cancer, 2015, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage bladder cancer is of total cancer cases, 2015, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of bladder cancer cases, 2013-2015, UK

 

Trend over time

Change in bladder cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, UK

Bladder cancer is the 10th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3% of all new cancer cases (2015).[1-4]

In males in the UK, bladder cancer is the 8th most common cancer (4% of all new male cancer cases). In females in the UK it is the 16th most common cancer (2% of all new female cancer cases).

72% of bladder cancer cases in the UK are in males, and 28% are in females.

Bladder cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates Open a glossary item ) for persons are significantly higher than the UK average in Wales, significantly lower than the UK average in Northern Ireland, and similar to the UK average in all other UK constituent countries.

Bladder Cancer (C67), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 6,169 551 446 144 7,310
Crude Rate 22.8 21.1 29.2 15.8 22.8
AS Rate 28.1 26.1 32.2 22.4 28.0
AS Rate - 95% LCI 27.4 23.9 29.2 18.7 27.4
AS Rate - 95% UCI 28.8 28.2 35.1 26.1 28.7
Female Cases 2,331 279 182 69 2,861
Crude Rate 8.4 10.1 11.6 7.3 8.7
AS Rate 8.3 9.7 10.4 8.0 8.6
AS Rate - 95% LCI 8.0 8.6 8.9 6.1 8.2
AS Rate - 95% UCI 8.7 10.9 11.9 9.9 8.9
Persons Cases 8,500 830 628 213 10,171
Crude Rate 15.5 15.4 20.3 11.5 15.6
AS Rate 17.1 16.6 20.0 14.2 17.1
AS Rate - 95% LCI 16.7 15.5 18.4 12.3 16.8
AS Rate - 95% UCI 17.4 17.7 21.6 16.1 17.4

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item around the AS Rate Open a glossary item
 

For bladder cancer, like most cancer types, differences between countries largely reflect risk factor prevalence in years past.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2015, ICD-10 C67.

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Bladder cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older people. In the UK in 2013-2015, on average each year almost 6 in 10 (55%) of new cases were in people aged 75 and over.[1-4

Age-specific incidence rates rise gradually from around age 50-54 in both males and females, with a sharper rise in males from age 60-64. The highest rates are in the 90+ age group for males and females.

Incidence rates are significantly higher in males than females in a number of (mainly older) age groups. The gap is widest at age 80 to 84, when the age-specific incidence rate is 3.6 times higher in males than females.

Bladder Cancer (C67), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2013-2015

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item  around the AS Rate Open a glossary item
 

For bladder cancer, like most cancer types, incidence increases with age. This largely reflects cell DNA damage accumulating over time. Damage can result from biological processes or from exposure to risk factors. A drop or plateau in incidence in the oldest age groups often indicates reduced diagnostic activity perhaps due to general ill health.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2013-2015, ICD-10 C67.

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Bladder cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates for males and females combined decreased by 39% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015.[1-4] The decrease was of a similar size in males and females.

For males, bladder cancer AS incidence rates in the UK decreased by 44% between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015. For females, bladder cancer AS incidence rates in the UK decreased by 38% between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2003-2005 and 2013-2015), bladder cancer AS incidence rates for males and females combined decreased by 15%.[1-4] In males AS incidence rates decreased by 18%, and in females rates decreased by 15%.

Bladder Cancer (C67), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, UK, 1993-2015

Bladder cancer incidence rates have decreased overall in all broad adult age groups in males in the UK since the early 1990s.[1-4] Rates in 25-49s have decreased by 62%, in 50-59s have decreased by 63%, in 60-69s have decreased by 55%, in 70-79s have decreased by 42%, and in 80+s have decreased by 29%.

Bladder Cancer (C67), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, By Age, Males, UK, 1993-2015

Bladder cancer incidence rates have decreased overall in all broad adult age groups in females in the UK since the early 1990s.[1-4] Rates in 25-49s have decreased by 41%, in 50-59s have decreased by 56%, in 60-69s have decreased by 53%, in 70-79s have decreased by 37%, and in 80+s have decreased by 20%.

Bladder Cancer (C67), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, By Age, Females, UK, 1993-2015

For bladder cancer, like most cancer types, incidence trends largely reflect changing prevalence of risk factors and improvements in diagnosis and data recording. Recent incidence trends are influenced by risk factor prevalence in years past, and trends by age group reflect risk factor exposure in birth cohorts.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2015, ICD-10 C67.

Last reviewed:

Overall stage at diagnosis

A high proportion (82%) of bladder cancer cases in England and Northern Ireland have stage at diagnosis recorded.[1,2]

Bladder cancer patients with a known stage at diagnosis are most commonly diagnosed at stage I (47-48%). More bladder cancer patients with a known stage are diagnosed at an early stage (73-76% are diagnosed at stage I or II), than a late stage (24-28% are diagnosed at stage III or IV). Between 17% and 20% of bladder cancer patients have metastases at diagnosis (stage IV).[1,2]

The stage distribution for each cancer type will reflect many factors including how the cancer type develops, the way symptoms appear, public awareness of symptoms, how quickly a person goes to see their doctor and how quickly the cancer is recognised and diagnosed by a doctor. It might also relate to whether a national screening programme that can detect early stage disease exists for that cancer type, along with the extent of uptake of that programme.

A cancer type associated with a large proportion of early stage diagnoses could be one that is more likely to be symptomatic at an earlier stage of development, with recognisable symptoms rather than more generic ones.

Bladder Cancer (C67), Proportion of Cases Diagnosed at Each Stage, All Ages, England 2014 and Northern Ireland 2012-2014

Data should not be compared between countries due to differences in time periods and possible differences in recording of stage at diagnosis.

References

  1. National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. Stage Breakdown by CCG 2014. London: NCIN; 2016
  2. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queens University Belfast, Incidence by stage 2010-2014. Belfast: NICR; 2016 

About this data

Data is for: England 2014, Northern Ireland 2010-2014, ICD-10 C67

Data is not comparable between countries due to differences in time periods and possible differences in how countries record stage at diagnosis.

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Bladder cancer incidence rates are projected to fall by 34% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 13 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.[1] This includes a larger decrease for males than for females.

For males, bladder cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates in the UK are projected to fall by 38% between 2014 and 2035, to 21 cases per 100,000 by 2035.[1] For females, rates are projected to fall by 31% between 2014 and 2035, to 7 cases per 100,000 by 2035.[1]

Bladder cancer (C67), Observed and Projected Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, by Sex, UK, 1979-2035

 

It is projected that 10,386 cases of bladder cancer (7,531 in males, 2,855 in females) will be diagnosed in the UK in 2035.

References

  1. Smittenaar CR, Petersen KA, Stewart K, Moitt N. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Projections in the UK Until 2035. Brit J Cancer 2016.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 1979-2014 (observed), 2015-2035 (projected), ICD-10 C67

Projections are based on observed incidence and mortality rates and therefore implicitly include changes in cancer risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. It is not possible to assess the statistical significance of changes between 2014 (observed) and 2035 (projected) figures. Confidence intervals are not calculated for the projected figures. Projections are by their nature uncertain because unexpected events in future could change the trend. It is not sensible to calculate a boundary of uncertainty around these already uncertain point estimates. Changes are described as "increase" or "decrease" if there is any difference between the point estimates.

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There is evidence for an association between bladder cancer incidence and deprivation for both males and females in England.[1] England-wide data for 2006-2010 show European age-standardised Open a glossary item  incidence rates are 27% higher for males living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived, and 43% higher for females.[1]

Bladder Cancer (C67), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates by Deprivation Quintile, England, 2006-2010

The estimated deprivation gradient in bladder cancer incidence between people living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 1996-2010.[1] It has been estimated that there would have been around 730 fewer cancer cases each year in England during 2006-2010 if all people experienced the same incidence rates as the least deprived.[1

References

  1. Cancer Research UK and National Cancer Intelligence Network. Cancer by deprivation in England: Incidence, 1996-2010, Mortality, 1997-2011. London: NCIN; 2014.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2006-2010, ICD-10 C67

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using incidence data for 2006-2010. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England NCIN report

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Age-standardised rates for White males with bladder cancer range from 19.9 to 20.5 per 100,000. Rates for Asian males are significantly lower, ranging from 6.5 to 10.1 per 100,000 and the rates for Black males are also significantly lower, ranging from 5.6 to 9.6 per 100,000. For females there is a similar pattern - the age-standardised rates for White females range from 5.7 to 6.0 per 100,000, and rates for Asian and Black females are also significantly lower ranging from 1.3 to 2.7 per 100,000 and 1.6 to 3.7 per 100,000 respectively.[1]

Ranges are given because of the analysis methodology used to account for missing and unknown data. For bladder cancer, 42,339 cases were identified; 14% had no known ethnicity.

References

  1. National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and Cancer Research UK. Cancer Incidence and Survival by Major Ethnic Group, England, 2002-2006. London: NCIN; 2009.

About this data

Data is for England, 2002-2006, ICD-10 C67.

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Bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Europe, with more than 151,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012 (4% of the total). In Europe (2012), the highest World age-standardised incidence rates for bladder cancer are in Belgium for men and Hungary for women; the lowest rates are in the United Kingdom for men and the Ukraine for women. UK bladder cancer incidence rates are estimated to be the lowest in males in Europe, and 13th lowest in females.[1] These data are broadly in line with Europe-specific data available elsewhere.[2]

Bladder cancer is the 9th most common cancer worldwide, with around 429,800 new cases diagnosed in 2012 (3% of the total). Bladder cancer incidence rates are highest in Southern Europe and lowest in Western Africa, but this partly reflects varying data quality worldwide.[1]

Variation between countries may reflect difference prevalence of risk factors, use of screening, and diagnostic methods.

References

  1. Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, et al. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed December 2013.
  2. Ferlay J, Steliarova-Foucher E, Lortet-Tieulent J, et al.Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012. European Journal of Cancer (2013) 49, 1374-1403.

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Data is for Europe and worldwide, 2012, ICD-10 C67.

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