Causes of gallbladder cancer
Who is more likely to get gallbladder cancer
Anyone can get gallbladder cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.
You might be more likely to get it if you:
- are over the age of 75 – it's most common in people over 85
- are a woman
- have certain medical conditions, such as gallstones, growths (polyps) in your gallbladder, porcelain gallbladder, abnormal bile ducts, long-term swelling of the gallbladder or bile ducts, or diabetes
- have a brother, sister or parent who had gallbladder cancer
- have Latin American or Asian heritage
Many gallbladder cancers are linked to your lifestyle.
How to lower your chance of getting gallbladder cancer
You cannot always prevent gallbladder cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.
It's important to get any symptoms of gallbladder cancer checked by a GP.
Anyone can get gallbladder cancer, even if you do not think you have a higher chance of getting it.
Page last reviewed: 13 June 2023
Next review due: 13 June 2026