What are the key statistics about bile duct cancer?
Bile duct cancer is not common. About 2,000 to 3,000 people in the United States develop bile duct cancer each year. Bile duct cancer is much more common in Southeast Asia, mostly because a parasitic infection that can cause bile duct cancer is much more common there.
Bile duct cancer can occur at younger ages, but it is seen mainly in older people. The average age of people diagnosed with cancer of the intrahepatic bile ducts is 70, and for cancer of the extrahepatic bile ducts it is 72.
The chances of survival for patients with bile duct cancer depend to a large extent on its location and how advanced it is when it is found. For survival statistics, see the section “Survival statistics for bile duct cancers.”
Last Medical Review: 11/01/2014
Last Revised: 01/20/2016