Gallbladder Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2021

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with gallbladder cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

This year, an estimated 11,980 adults (5,730 men and 6,250 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with gallbladder and other biliary cancers. About 4 out of 10 are specifically gallbladder cancers.

It is estimated that 4,310 deaths (1,770 men and 2,540 women) from gallbladder and other biliary cancers will occur this year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for people with gallbladder cancer is 19%. However, the survival rate depends on several factors, including the location of the cancer and where it has spread (called the stage).

If the cancer is diagnosed and treated before it has spread outside the gallbladder, the 5-year survival rate is 65%. About 1 out of 5 gallbladder cancers are diagnosed at this localized stage. This is mainly because there is not a good screening method and the disease often grows without causing symptoms.

If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 28%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 2%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with gallbladder cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2021, and the ACS website (sources accessed January 2021).

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