The global burden of urinary bladder cancer: an update

World J Urol. 2020 Aug;38(8):1895-1904. doi: 10.1007/s00345-019-02984-4. Epub 2019 Nov 1.


Bladder cancer is among the top ten most common cancer types in the world, with approximately 550,000 new cases annually. The highest burden of bladder cancer is currently falling on most developed communities across the globe. But with an anticipated shift in world demographics with growing and aging populations mainly on the African continent, and important shifts in exposure to different risk factors across the world, this is likely to change over the next decades. In this review, we provide an overview of the current incidence, mortality, prevalence, survival, risk factors and costs of bladder cancer worldwide.

Keywords: Global burden; Incidence; Mortality; Prevalence; Urinary bladder cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness
  • Female
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Survival Rate
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / prevention & control