Gallbladder Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 09/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 10,910 adults (4,990 men and 5, 920 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with gallbladder and other biliary cancers. It is estimated that 3,700 deaths (1,660 men and 2,040 women) from these diseases will occur this year.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The five-year survival rate for people with gallbladder cancer depends on several factors, including the extent of cancer at the time of diagnosis (called the stage).

When the cancer has not spread but has the potential to be invasive, it is called in situ cancer or stage 0. The five-year survival rate for people with stage 0 cancer is 80%. Stage I cancer is only in the gallbladder. The five-year survival rate for stage I is 50%. If the cancer has spread outside the gallbladder to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is between 7% and 8%. Gallbladder cancer that has spread to other parts of the body has a five-year survival rate of less than 5%.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. Estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with gallbladder cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 and the ACS website.

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