In 2010, doctors will diagnose 70,530 new cases of bladder cancer with 90% of those diagnosed over the age of 55. According to the National Cancer Institute, the median age for diagnosis bladder cancer is 73 years of age. Further, men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed.
Watch out for the early warning signs that may include: blood in the urine, frequent or painful urination, abdominal or back pain, and frequent urinary tract infections.
Here are a few fast facts about bladder cancer:
- Causes: Smoking, consumption of arsenic in drinking water, and more
- Treatment: Biological therapy (BCG), Surgery, Chemotherapy and/or Radiation
- Survival: The 5-year survival rate is 80% for all stages. However, survival depends largely on the stage: Stage 0 =98%, I = 88%, II=63%, III=46% and IV=15%
- Deaths: 14,680 deaths are expected to occur in 2010
- Awareness Ribbon: Yellow
- Awareness Month: July
- More Stats: Start with American Cancer Society or their Facts & Figures