Key Statistics for Gallbladder Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for cancer of the gallbladder and nearby large bile ducts in the United States for 2021 are:

  • About 11,980 new cases diagnosed: 5,730 in men and 6,250 in women
  • About 4,310 deaths from these cancers: 1,770 in men and 2,540 in women

Of these new cases, about 4 in 10 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 outside the gallbladder.

The chances of survival for patients with gallbladder cancer depend to a large extent on how advanced it is when it's found. For more on this, see Survival statistics for gallbladder cancer by stage.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

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American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2021. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2021.

American Society of Clinical Oncology. Gallbladder Cancer: Statistics. 4/2017. Accessed at www.cancer.net/cancer-types/gallbladder-cancer/statistics on June 18, 2018.

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Bishop K, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2014, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Accessed at https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2014/, based on November 2016 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2017.

References

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2021. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2021.

American Society of Clinical Oncology. Gallbladder Cancer: Statistics. 4/2017. Accessed at www.cancer.net/cancer-types/gallbladder-cancer/statistics on June 18, 2018.

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Bishop K, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2014, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Accessed at https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2014/, based on November 2016 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2017.

Last Revised: January 12, 2021

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