About the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
For 15 years, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) has been the premier bladder cancer-focused nonprofit addressing the needs of patients who will be diagnosed this year with one of the most common cancers in America. BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.
Through advocacy, awareness, research and educational programs, BCAN is providing help and hope for those impacted by this life changing disease. Funds generated through our national BCAN Walk to End Bladder Cancer events support these initiatives and other programs, including:
- Free Webinars, providing patient education through video
- Free Educational Resources about diagnosis, treatment and survivorship
- Annual Think Tank scientific meeting of bladder cancer researchers and doctors promoting global collaboration
- Patient Summit gathering of bladder cancer patients, advocates and survivors
- Survivor 2 Survivor Program
- Bladder Cancer Research Awards, funding of exceptional, novel and groundbreaking research to find new bladder cancer treatments
Bladder cancer facts:
- Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. In 2019, more than 80,000 people are expected to be newly diagnosed with bladder cancer and 17,000 will not survive the disease.
- Approximately 600,000 people are living with bladder cancer in the United States alone.
- Bladder cancer has a 50% - 80% recurrence rate.
- Women are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer later and have a worse prognosis than men at almost every stage of the disease.