Gall bladder 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.


Nationwide there were 775 new cases of gallbladder cancer in 2012.

Risk of diagnosis before age 75

Men Men: 1 in 519 Woman Women: 1 in 476

Causes/Risk Factors

The causes of gallbladder cancer are not fully understood. Some risk factors include:

  • Personal history of gall stones, gallbladder polyps or inflammation of the bile ducts. A family history of gallbladder cancer
  • Smoking
  • Obesity




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