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 2 people are the same, you cannot use them to predict what might happen to you.

The following are 2013 statistics about gallbladder and bile duct from the American Cancer Society:

  • About 10,300 people in the United States will be told they have gallbladder or bile duct cancer this year. About 60% (or about 6,000) of these people will have gallbladder cancer. 

  • Gallbladder cancer is usually found only when it is advanced enough to cause symptoms. Only about 1 out of 5 gallbladder cancers are discovered in the early stages.

  • About 3,200 Americans will die of gallbladder or bile duct cancer this year.

Survival rates for people with gallbladder cancer depend on how advanced the cancers are when first diagnosed.