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Statistics About Gallbladder Cancer

Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer or of being cured. However, statistics show only what happens in large groups of people. Because no two people are the same, you cannot use them to predict what might happen to you.

The following are 2012 statistics about gallbladder and biliary cancer from the American Cancer Society (ACS):

  • About 9,810 people in the United States will be told they have gallbladder or bile duct cancer this year.

  • Gallbladder cancer is usually found only when it is advanced enough to cause symptoms. Only about one out of five gallbladder cancers are discovered in the early stages.

  • About 3,200 Americans will die of gallbladder or bile duct cancer this year. The numbers of cases and deaths in the United States have decreased in recent years.

The ACS reports that about 60 percent of gallbladder and biliary cancers are cancers of the gallbladder. Survival rates for people with gallbladder cancer depend on how advanced the cancers are when first diagnosed. 

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