Bladder Cancer is not a rare cancer.
It is one of the ten most common cancers in the UK.
Over 20,500 people in the UK are diagnosed each year. Bladder cancer has a high mortality rate. 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.