Bladder Cancer is not a rare cancer.
It is the 7th most common cancer in the UK - the 4th most common cancer in men.
Over 10,700 people in the UK are diagnosed each year and about half of those diagnosed will die - over 5,200 people each year. Bladder cancer has the highest recurrence rate of any known cancer - up to 80%. It can affect all ages, both men and women. Diagnosis can often be late, particularly in women.
Despite this, bladder cancer is the only top 10 cancer where rates of prognosis are getting worse. It is the most expensive cancer for the NHS to treat (costing £65million annually) yet it only got 0.6% (in 2013-2014) of dedicated research funding.
These facts are what drive our work at Action Bladder Cancer UK.
We want bladder cancer to be recognised as a common cancer and to receive the acknowledgement, level of public awareness, improvements in treatments and medical research investment which it merits and which those with bladder cancer deserve. We want bladder cancer patients to have a voice and the support they and their families require.