What Are the Key Statistics About Gallbladder Cancer?
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for cancer of the gallbladder and nearby large bile ducts in the United States for 2017 are:
- About 11,740 new cases diagnosed: 5,320 in men and 6,420 in women
- About 3,830 deaths from these cancers: 1,630 in men and 2,200 in women
Of these new cases, a little less than 4 in 10 (about 4,000 cases) will be gallbladder cancers.
Gallbladder cancer is not usually found until it has become advanced and causes symptoms. Only about 1 of 5 gallbladder cancers is found in the early stages, when the cancer has not yet spread beyond the gallbladder.
The chances of survival for patients with gallbladder cancer depend to a large extent on how advanced it is when it is found. For statistics on survival rates, see “ Survival statistics for gallbladder cancer by stage.”
Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.
Last Medical Review: October 29, 2014 Last Revised: January 5, 2017