Gallbladder Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2022

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 12,130 adults (5,710 men and 6,420 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with gallbladder and other biliary cancers. About 4 out of 10 are specifically gallbladder cancers. Worldwide, an estimated 115,949 people were diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in 2020.

It is estimated that 4,400 deaths (1,830 men and 2,570 women) from gallbladder and other biliary cancers will occur in the United States this year. In 2020, an estimated 84,695 people worldwide died from gallbladder cancer.

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 an effective screening method for this disease, and it 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. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how gallbladder cancer is diagnosed or treated from the last 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 2022; the ACS website; and the International Agency for Research on Cancer website. (All sources accessed January 2022.)

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