Bladder cancer statistics

Bladder cancer is the tenth most common cancer worldwide

Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly occurring cancer in men and the 17th most commonly occurring cancer in women. There were almost 550,000 new cases in 2018. The top 25 countries with the highest incidence of bladder cancer in 2018 are given in the tables below.

The Continuous Update Project Panel judged there is strong evidence that drinking water containing arsenic increases the risk of bladder cancer. There is some evidence that consuming fruit and vegetables and drinking tea might decrease the risk of bladder cancer.

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Age-standardised rates are used in the tables. This is a summary measure of the rate of disease that a population would have if it had a standard age structure. Standardisation is necessary when comparing populations that differ with respect to age because age has a powerful influence on the risk of dying from cancer.

Bladder cancer rates: both sexes

Lebanon had the highest rate of bladder cancer in 2018, followed by Greece.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Lebanon25.0
2Greece21.2
3Denmark17.9
4Hungary16.6
5=Albania16.3
5=Netherlands16.3
7Belgium16.2
8Italy15.9
9Germany15.7
10Spain15.6
11Serbia15.1
12Croatia13.7
13=Iceland13.5
13=Poland13.5
15Norway13.0
16Syria12.9
17Switzerland12.7
18Malta12.6
19Bulgaria12.1
20US12.0
21=Turkey11.9
21=Egypt11.9
23=Czech Republic11.7
23=Israel11.7
23=Latvia11.7

Bladder cancer rates in men

Greece had the highest rate of bladder cancer in men in 2018, followed by Lebanon.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Greece40.4
2Lebanon40.0
3Denmark29.3
4Belgium27.7
5Spain27.5
6Italy27.4
7Hungary26.9
8Albania26.8
9Germany26.4
9Netherlands25.8
11Serbia25.4
12Poland23.7
13Croatia23.4
14Turkey22.9
15Syria22.5
16Iceland22.1
17Israel21.7
18Malta21.6
19Latvia21.1
20=Norway20.9
20=Switzerland20.9
22=Bulgaria20.8
22=US20.8
24=Czech Republic19.8
24=Egypt19.8

Bladder cancer rates in women

Lebanon had the highest rate of bladder cancer in women in 2018, followed by Hungary.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Lebanon9.4
2Hungary9.1
3Netherlands7.9
4Denmark7.7
5Serbia6.5
6=Albania6.4
6=Belgium6.4
8Germany6.3
9Croatia6.1
10Italy6.0
11=Latvia5.9
11=Malawi5.9
11=Mali5.9
11=Norway5.9
15Poland5.8
16Spain5.6
17Ireland5.5
18Switzerland5.4
19Iceland5.3
20=Czech Republic5.2
20=Slovakia5.2
20=Egypt5.2
20=US5.2
24Sweden5.1
25Slovenia5.0
The data quoted on these webpages come from the Global Cancer Observatory, owned by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and are used with permission. The incidence statistics for 2018 are projections calculated from cancer registry data collected before 2018. Full information on the methods used by IARC is available here.
Source: Bray F, Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Siegel RL, Torre LA, Jemal A. Global Cancer Statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA Cancer J Clin, in press. The online GLOBOCAN 2018 database is accessible at http://gco.iarc.fr/, as part of IARC’s Global Cancer Observatory.