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Bladder Cancer

Image described belowAnatomy of the male urinary system (left panel) and female urinary system (right panel); two-panel drawing showing the right and left kidneys, the ureters, the bladder filled with urine, and the urethra. The inside of the left kidney shows the renal pelvis. An inset shows the renal tubules and urine. Also shown are the prostate and penis (left panel) and the uterus (right panel). Click to see a larger diagram.

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Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the bladder, it is called bladder cancer. Each year in the United States, about 55,000 men and 17,000 women get bladder cancer, and about 11,000 men and 5,000 women die from the disease.

To lower the risk of bladder cancer, don’t smoke and be especially careful around certain kinds of chemicals.

What Is the Bladder?

The bladder (sometimes called the urinary bladder) is a balloon-shaped organ in your lower abdomen, near the pelvis. It stores urine from the kidneys until it is passed out of the body.

What Causes Bladder Cancer?

Smoking is the most important risk factor for bladder cancer. Other risk factors include—

What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

  • Blood in the urine. This is the most common symptom.
  • Having to urinate often.
  • Pain while urinating.
  • Back pain.
  • Pelvic pain.

These symptoms can also come from other conditions. If you have any of them, talk to your doctor, which is the only way to find out what may be causing them.

How Can I Reduce My Risk for Bladder Cancer?

To lower the risk of bladder cancer, don’t smoke (and if you do, quit) and be especially careful around certain kinds of chemicals.

Statistics

The Data Visualizations tool makes it easy for anyone to explore and use the latest official federal government cancer data from United States Cancer Statistics. It includes the latest cancer data covering 100% of the U.S. population.

Map of the United States

Cancer Rates by U.S. State

See rates or numbers of new bladder cancers or bladder cancer deaths for the entire United States and individual states. Also, see the top 10 cancers for men and women.

Bar chart of demographics.

Demographics

See rates or numbers of new bladder cancers or bladder cancer deaths by race/ethnicity, sex, and age group.

Line chart of trends.

Trends

See how the rates of new bladder cancers or bladder cancer deaths changed over time for the entire United States and individual states.

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