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Bladder cancer information

A bladder cancer diagnosis is life-changing. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we’re here to help you and your loved ones make a more informed treatment decision. We encourage you to explore this area to learn more about the disease, what lies ahead and your treatment options.

Hear inspiring patient stories. Learn how our doctors create a personalized treatment plan for your diagnosis and needs. And if you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of cancer experts. We’re here to help you make sense of it all.

bladder cancer

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is cancer that begins in the bladder. The bladder is a hollow organ in the pelvis that stores urine before it leaves the body.

The bladder wall is made of several layers. Most bladder cancers begin in a layer called the urothelium, which lines the inside of the ureter, bladder, urethra and parts of the kidneys. Cancer may also develop in other types of cells in the bladder.

Bladder cancer incidence

Approximately 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, and an estimated 16,000 deaths will be due to bladder cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

An estimated nine out of 10 people with bladder cancer are over age 55. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 73.

How bladder cancer develops

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Types of bladder cancer

Learn about different types of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer symptoms

Read about common bladder cancer symptoms.

Bladder cancer risk factors

Read about common risk factors for bladder cancer.

Stages of bladder cancer

Learn about the stages of bladder cancer.

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