Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers. It occurs in men more frequently than it does in women and usually affects older adults, though it can happen at any age. Bladder cancer can often be successfully treated if it is found and treated early.
Although it’s most common in the bladder, this same type of cancer can occur in other parts of the urinary tract drainage system, kidney or urethra.
About seven out of every 10 bladder cancers diagnosed start out at an early stage — when bladder cancer is highly treatable. However, even early-stage bladder cancer may recur. For this reason, people with bladder cancer typically need follow-up tests for years after treatment to look for bladder cancer that recurs or advances to a higher stage.