Bladder cancer is the most frequently occurring tumour of the urinary system. Each year between 10,000-12,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bladder cancer. Bladder Cancer often recurs, it requires retreatment and the majority of patients live for 10 years or more however sadly around 4,000 people will die of the disease every year.
If treated early, survival rates are good, but patients require frequent lifelong monitoring. This makes bladder cancer the most expensive cancer to treat. Thirty five percent of people will get recurrences of the disease, though this recurrence rate is being reduced with the introduction of new technologies such as blue light cystoscopy.
Bladder cancer research receives very little funding compared to other cancers.