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Bladder Cancer Survival Rates

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The lower bladder cancer survival rates among women are because the diagnosis is generally delayed for women.

Bladder Cancer Survival Rates in Women

Women typically get diagnosed with the disease 6-9 months later than men because their symptoms are get mistaken for urinary tract infections and they are not treated for cancer until the symptoms worsen, consequently they start receiving treatment at a much later stage of the disease than men.

Bladder Cancer Survival Rates: What is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer refers to several types of malignant tumors that grow within the urinary bladder. It is the 4th most common cancer for men in the US and the 9th most common for women. Annually there are around 47,000 cases detected among men and around 16,000 among women reported in the US.  Of these there are around 12,000 mortalities.

While the statistics indicate that the incidence of the disease is higher among men than women, the mortality rates for Bladder Cancer are higher among women.

bladder cancer survival rates

Bladder Cancer Survival Rates Between Men and Women

Hence for reasons of late diagnosis, the 5 year survival rate for women with bladder cancer is 78% which is equal to the 10 year survival rate for men and the 10 year bladder cancer survival rate is 69% for women, which is the 15 year survival rate for men. The bladder cancer survival rates for women are thus 5 years less than for men.

In cases where the disease is detected early, the survival rates are very good. If discovered early while the cancer is still localized, the overall 5 year survival rate for Bladder Cancer is 94%. Once the cancer spreads to the other pelvic organs, the 5 year survival rate drops to 49% and after it has spread to the other organs of the body to 6%.

Women have a higher susceptibility to the risk factors that lead to the disease than men. Smoking is one such factor. When men and women smoke comparably high levels, women are at a 30-50% higher risk for Bladder Cancer than men.  Early menopause is another risk factor that increases a woman’s susceptibility for the disease by as much as 32% when menopause occurs between 43-47 years and 60% when menopause occurs at 42 years or earlier. At this phase, Bladder Cancer Survival Rates may also decrease.

3 Responses to “Bladder Cancer Survival Rates”

  1. Marlene Bullis says:

    My husband has bladder cancer that has seeped through the bladder wall and has two lymph nodes infected with cancer. Are the lymph nodes considered “other body parts” as stated in the article, therefore giving him only a 6% survival rate? Thank you.

  2. Sarah, RN says:

    Dear Ms. Bullis, I feel compelled to answer you after reading your comment. I believe that the “other body parts” mentioned in this article are the vital organs surrounding our bladder which are the intestine, liver, pancreas, uterus, and even stomach, lungs, etc – all of these occurs during the metastatic stage of the cancer which means that the cancer is at it’s 4th stage and is now slowly infecting the patient’s body parts, significantly lowering the survival rate to 6%. When your doctor mentioned about the lymph nodes, I believe he meant to say the lymph nodes in your husband’s bladder. Refer here: http://www.thelymphnodes.com/ to know more about the lymph nodes

    In most cancer cases, infection of the lymph nodes means that the cancer is at the 2nd or 3rd stage. As per cancer.org statistical report, bladder cancer survival rate during this stage is around 46-63%. However, I highly recommend that you ask more information from your doctor since he/she’s the one assessing your husband. I hope this helps.

    Believe in miracle. I’m a nurse and I see them everyday. =)


  3. Marlene says:

    Thank you very much for your reply. The lymph nodes are outside the bladder. I did ask the doctor about that. My husband is now doing the chemo treatments and then the surgeon wants to remove the two lymph nodes, the prostate, and the apendex. Why wouldn’t they take the bladder. The doctors have said this is a high grade cancer and is probably a stage 4. He has one more cycle of chemo and then they will schedule another petscan. I just don’t understand why they are not planning on taking the bladder.

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