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 2016 are:
- About 11,420 new cases diagnosed: 5,270 in men and 6,150 in women
- About 3,710 deaths from these cancers: 1,630 in men and 2,080 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: 10/29/2014
Last Revised: 02/05/2016