What are the key statistics about gallbladder cancer?
The American Cancer Society's estimates for cancer of the gallbladder and bile ducts in the United States for 2013 are:
- About 10,310 new cases will be diagnosed: 4,740 in men and 5,570 in women
- About 3,230 people will die of these cancers: 1,260 men and 1,970 women
Of these new cases, more than half (about 60%, which is almost 6,000 cases) will be gallbladder cancers.
Gallbladder cancer is not usually found until it has become advanced and causes symptoms. Only about 1 out of 5 gallbladder cancers is found in the early stages, where 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 the section, "Survival statistics for gallbladder cancer by stage."
Last Medical Review: 04/30/2012
Last Revised: 01/18/2013