Infographic: Bladder Cancer

The Key to Beating Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer.

  • 79,000 new cases this year in the U.S.
  • 3x more common in men than women
  • 90% of those diagnosed are over 55 years old
  • 2x more common in Caucasians than African Americans

It's highly treatable in early stages.

Stage at detection


Grows in the inner layer of the bladder

Papillary tumor


Grows along the lining of the bladder

Flat tumor


Limited to bladder lining and connective tissue

Bladder lining


In the bladder muscle

Bladder muscle


Through the bladder muscle and into the fatty tissue

Fatty tissue


Has spread to other organs


Early detection dramatically increases survival rates.

Watch for symptoms. See your doctor if you have:

  • Blood in urine
  • Frequent and/or painful urination
  • Back and pelvic pain

Ask your doctor about screening if you are high risk:

  • Male
  • Age 55+
  • Smoker

Treatment is available at any stage.

  • Minimally invasive surgery: Removes small tumors from the lining of the bladder, or a small portion of the bladder (partial cystectomy).
  • Biological therapy: Applies a biological drug to the bladder to get the immune system to fight the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy: Uses drugs to fight the cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: Uses high energy beams to destroy the cancer cells.
  • Bladder removal (radical cystectomy): Surgically removes the entire bladder and surrounding lymph nodes.
  • Surgically created urinary tract replacement: The surgeon may use part of the intestine to create a new urinary conduit or fashion a new bladder.