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 2015 are:
- About 10,910 new cases diagnosed: 4,990 in men and 5,920 in women
- About 3,700 deaths from these cancers: 1,660 in men and 2,040 in women
Of these new cases, about 60% (about 6,000 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 the section “Survival statistics for gallbladder cancer by stage.”
Last Medical Review: 10/29/2014
Last Revised: 01/13/2015