Who is affected by bladder cancer

Bladder cancer is:1

  • Four times more common in men than in women.
  • Affected by race. White Americans develop bladder cancer about twice as often as African-Americans or Hispanics.
  • Present in smokers twice as often as nonsmokers.
    • Smoking is estimated to cause about half of bladder cancer deaths in men.
    • Smoking is estimated to cause about one-fourth of bladder cancer deaths in women.
  • More common in people older than 40.
  • More common in workers in dye, rubber, or leather industries.

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men and the ninth among women in the United States.2


  1. American Cancer Society (2007). Cancer Facts and Figures 2007, pp. 1–52. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. Available online: http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/CAFF2007PWSecured.pdf.
  2. American Cancer Society (2009). American Cancer Society's Detailed Guide: Bladder Cancer. Available online: http://documents.cancer.org/126.00/126.00.pdf.

Last Updated: May 13, 2009

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