Nearly all Bladder Cancers start in the lining of the bladder. Cancer that is only in the lining is called superficial Bladder Cancer. If the Cancer spreads into the muscle wall of the bladder, it is called Invasive Bladder Cancer.
Bladder Cancer predominantly affects Canadians over the age of 70 years and occurs more commonly in the Atlantic provinces. Between 2001 and 2010, the incidence rate in males has fallen slightly (by 0.5% per year). Little or no change has been seen for the incidence rate in females.
As of 2016, there has been an estimated 6,600 new cases of Bladder Cancer and 1,165 estimated Bladder Cancer deaths in Canada (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2016).
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