An estimated 80,470 adults (61,700 men and 18,770 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with bladder cancer. Among men, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer. Men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with the disease.
Ninety percent (90%) of people with bladder cancer are older than 55, and the aver-age age people are diagnosed with bladder cancer is 73.
It is estimated that 17,670 deaths (12,870 men and 4,800 women) from this disease will occur this year. Among men, bladder cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer death.
The following factors may raise a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer:
- Tobacco use. The most common risk factor is cigarette smoking, although smoking cigars and pipes can also raise the risk of developing bladder cancer. Smokers are four to seven times more likely to develop bladder cancer than nonsmokers.
- Age. The chances of being diagnosed with bladder cancer increases with age. More than 70% of people with bladder cancer are older than 65 years old.
- Gender. Men are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women, but women are more likely to die from bladder cancer than men.
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