About the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is a community of passionate individuals united in support of people touched by bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community. Since 2005, BCAN has provided thousands of patients, caregivers and the medical community with the educational resources and support services they need to navigate their journeys. To learn more visit bcan.org.

Bladder cancer facts:

  • Bladder cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. Every year, more than 73,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and 18,000 will not survive.
  • While three out of four bladder cancer patients are male, women are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer in its later stages and have worse outcomes than men at almost every stage of the disease.
  • Approximately 723,000 people are living with bladder cancer in the United States.
  • Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat over a patient’s lifetime due to its high rate of recurrence – between 50% - 80% of patients get bladder cancer again after their initial treatment.