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Gallbladder Cancer Facts

  • In the U.S. in 2011, there were 9300 new cases of gallbladder cancer.1
  • The major risk factor for developing gallbladder cancer is gallstones
  • In Chile, gallbladder cancer is #1 cause of cancer death in women, 2nd leading cause in men.2
  • Gallbladder cancer is also a leading cause of cancer death in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, U.S. Native Americans, SE Asia and Northern India.3,4
  • Gallbladder cancers are considered very aggressive tumors, with an overall 5-year survival rate <5%.5
  • National Cancer Institute funding FY 2011: $467,072*

Right: Lymph nodes, extrahepatic ducts and gallbladder removed


1. Siegel R, Naishadham D, Jemal A: Cancer statistics, 2012. CA Cancer J Clin 62:10-29, 2012


2. Bertran E, Heise K, Andia ME, et al: Gallbladder cancer: incidence and survival in a high-risk area of Chile. Int J Cancer 127:2446-54, 2010

3. Matsuda T, Marugame T: International comparisons of cumulative risk of gallbladder cancer and other biliary tract cancer, from Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Vol. VIII. Jpn J Clin Oncol 37:74-5, 2007

4. Lemrow SM, Perdue DG, Stewart SL, et al: Gallbladder cancer incidence among American Indians and Alaska Natives, US, 1999-2004. Cancer 113:1266-73, 2008

5. Kiran RP, Pokala N, Dudrick SJ: Incidence pattern and survival for gallbladder cancer over three decades--an analysis of 10301 patients. Ann Surg Oncol 14:827-32, 2007

6. Konstantinidis IT, Deshpande V, Genevay M, et al: Trends in presentation and survival for gallbladder cancer during a period of more than 4 decades: a single-institution experience. Arch Surg 144:441-7; discussion 447, 2009




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