Bladder-related Statistics

Including bladder cancer, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence.


  • Bladder cancer is the 8th most common male cancer, and the 16th most common female cancer. (Latest stats 2017).
  • There are approximately 5,500 bladder cancer deaths each year. (CRUK 2021)
  • Urinary incontinence affects 13% of women and 5% of all men at some stage in their lives. Estimated 3 - 6 million people in the UK have urinary incontinence. (NHS data 2021)
  • Urinary incontinence is most prevalent in those aged 60 and over, and research finds that it is twice as prevalent in older women.
  • Up to 50 million people in the developed world may be affected by urinary incontinence.
  • Interstitial cystitis affects 400,000 people in the UK, 90% of whom are women.
  • The average age of people affected by interstitial cystitis is 40 years old.
  • 50% of women in the UK will develop a urinary tract infection at least once.
  • One out of every 2,000 healthy men will develop a urinary tract infection each year. (NHS 2019)

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