Every year, about 1,250 people in Switzerland are diagnosed with bladder cancer and about 560 die of it.
Around 550,000 new cases of bladder cancer were recorded worldwide in 2018, about 200,000 patients died of it.
Bladder cancer occurs mainly in older adults. Of those affected, about 75% are men and 25% are women.
Bladder cancer often causes no specific symptoms for a long time. Affected people may experience the following symptoms or signs:
One of the main risk factors is smoking. Experts estimate that about 30% to 70% of all bladder cancer cases result from smoking. Smokers are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop bladder cancer than nonsmokers.
Other Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer include:
There is no guarantee to prevent bladder cancer. But there are some factors that can help lower the risk.