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.

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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.

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Lebanon 25.0
2 Greece 21.2
3 Denmark 17.9
4 Hungary 16.6
5= Albania 16.3
5= Netherlands 16.3
7 Belgium 16.2
8 Italy 15.9
9 Germany 15.7
10 Spain 15.6
11 Serbia 15.1
12 Croatia 13.7
13= Iceland 13.5
13= Poland 13.5
15 Norway 13.0
16 Syria 12.9
17 Switzerland 12.7
18 Malta 12.6
19 Bulgaria 12.1
20 US 12.0
21= Turkey 11.9
21= Egypt 11.9
23= Czech Republic 11.7
23= Israel 11.7
23= Latvia 11.7

Bladder cancer rates in men

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

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Greece 40.4
2 Lebanon 40.0
3 Denmark 29.3
4 Belgium 27.7
5 Spain 27.5
6 Italy 27.4
7 Hungary 26.9
8 Albania 26.8
9 Germany 26.4
9 Netherlands 25.8
11 Serbia 25.4
12 Poland 23.7
13 Croatia 23.4
14 Turkey 22.9
15 Syria 22.5
16 Iceland 22.1
17 Israel 21.7
18 Malta 21.6
19 Latvia 21.1
20= Norway 20.9
20= Switzerland 20.9
22= Bulgaria 20.8
22= US 20.8
24= Czech Republic 19.8
24= Egypt 19.8

Bladder cancer rates in women

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

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Lebanon 9.4
2 Hungary 9.1
3 Netherlands 7.9
4 Denmark 7.7
5 Serbia 6.5
6= Albania 6.4
6= Belgium 6.4
8 Germany 6.3
9 Croatia 6.1
10 Italy 6.0
11= Latvia 5.9
11= Malawi 5.9
11= Mali 5.9
11= Norway 5.9
15 Poland 5.8
16 Spain 5.6
17 Ireland 5.5
18 Switzerland 5.4
19 Iceland 5.3
20= Czech Republic 5.2
20= Slovakia 5.2
20= Egypt 5.2
20= US 5.2
24 Sweden 5.1
25 Slovenia 5.0