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 2018 are:

  • About 12,190 new cases diagnosed: 5,450 in men and 6,740 in women
  • About 3,790 deaths from these cancers: 1,530 in men and 2,260 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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Last Medical Review: July 12, 2018 Last Revised: July 12, 2018

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