The gallbladder stores bile from the liver before it is passed into the small bowel where it helps to digest food.
The main type of gallbladder cancer is adenocarcinoma which arises from glandular cells in the gallbladder lining. Other very rare cell types include: squamous, adenosquamous, small cell and sarcoma.
There were 180 new cases and 153 deaths from gallbladder cancer in Victoria in 2010.
The causes of gallbladder cancer are not fully understood. Some risk factors include:
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