Gallbladder Cancer

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What Is Gallbladder Cancer? TOPICS

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, 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 the section “Survival statistics for gallbladder cancer by stage.”

Last Medical Review: 10/29/2014
Last Revised: 02/13/2015